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Arizona Gives TGen $7.1M to Develop Early Dx for Autism

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Arizona State Legislature has appropriated $7.1 million to the Translational Genomics Research Institute to help it research autism and develop tests for the condition, the company said yesterday.
 
The research, a joint collaboration between TGen and the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center, will aim to develop an early diagnostic kit to identify children who are at risk for autism, and to identify the type of autism.
 
T-Gen will also use the money to secure future funding for a $50-million Arizona Autism Research Initiative. The initiative's aim will be to develop diagnostics and medicines.

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Breast Cancer Risk Related to Pathogenic BRCA1 Mutation May Be Modified by Repeats

Several variable number tandem repeats appear to impact breast cancer risk and age at diagnosis in almost 350 individuals carrying a risky Ashkenazi Jewish BRCA1 founder mutation.

Study Explores Animated Digital Message Approach to Communicate Genetic Test Results to Family Members

In the Journal of Genetic Counseling, the approach showed promise in participants presented with a hypothetical scenario related to a familial hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome diagnosis.

Computational Tool Predicts Mammalian Messenger RNA Degradation Rates

A tool called Saluki, trained with mouse and human messenger RNA data, appears to improve mRNA half-life predictions by taking RNA and genetic features into account, a Genome Biology paper reports.

UK Pilot Study Suggests Digital Pathway May Expand BRCA Testing in Breast Cancer

A randomized pilot study in the Journal of Medical Genetics points to similar outcomes for breast cancer patients receiving germline BRCA testing through fully digital or partially digital testing pathways.