NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Horizon Discovery said today that the National Institutes of Health Center for Regenerative Medicine will use its genome editing technology in disease studies to discover how specific genes affect stem cells.

Under the technology access agreement, NIH CRM will use Horizon's Genesis technology to engineer stem cells to create isogenic disease models with specific induced mutations and lineage markers to understand the effects certain genes have on stem cells as they differentiate.

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 Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who chairs the Senate health committee, will be retiring at the end of his term, Stat News reports.

UCSF researchers find that having two X chromosomes may contribute to women's longer lifespans, according to Discover's D-brief blog.

The Wall Street Journal reports on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's use of genetic approaches to study foodborne illnesses.

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