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AT&T Foundation Gives Mayo Clinic $900K to Expand PGx Data Bank

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The AT&T Foundation has given $900,000 to the Mayo Clinic to expand a data warehouse of patients’ clinical and genomic information, AT&T said today.
The Mayo Clinic Life Sciences System, part of a Mayo Clinic collaboration with IBM, is a data warehouse and search engine that currently stores millions of patients' clinical and genomic data and identifies subsets of patients with specific genetic features and medical histories.
It is used as a reference for “accurately prescribing medical solutions for other patients with similar genetic profiles and medical backgrounds,” according to AT&T.
Mayo Clinic plans to use the funds to increase the MCLSS’s genomic and prescription data capacities and to make this information retrievable by Mayo Clinic scientists.

The Scan

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.