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Top 10 Most-Read GenomeWeb Daily News Articles for 2009

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A paper published this past summer providing evidence that the gene variants found in some non-cancerous tissues may differ from those present in blood samples from the same individual was the top-read story on GenomeWeb Daily News in 2009.

That article just edged out a report early in the year that the National Institutes of Health would channel stimulus funds into existing grants rather than restoring previous cuts to existing programs and grants.

Meanwhile, Sequenom, the molecular diagnostics firm that was hit by a scandal surrounding its test data, was the focus of a few of the top-read articles for the year.

Here is the list of the top 10 most-read articles on GWDN for 2009:

1) SNPs in Non-Cancerous Tissue May Differ From Those In Blood, Study Finds

2) NIH Stimulus Spending Focused Mostly on Existing Grants; No Funds to Restore Previous Cuts

3) Sequenom Discloses Mishandling of Test Data; Shares Plummet

4) FDA OKs Emergency Use of MDx Swine Flu Test; CDC Recommends MDx Testing

5) Sequenom Shares Rise Sharply

6) Qiagen Shares Rise on Acquisition Rumors

7) Sequenom CEO, Others Terminated Following Investigation

8) Life Technologies Cuts Staff at Foster City

9) Leroy Hood's New Personalized Dx Company Launches

10) Illumina Files Patent Infringement Suit Against Affymetrix

The Scan

Wolf Howl Responses Offer Look at Vocal Behavior-Related Selection in Dogs

In dozens of domestic dogs listening to wolf vocalizations, researchers in Communication Biology see responses varying with age, sex, reproductive status, and a breed's evolutionary distance from wolves.

Facial Imaging-Based Genetic Diagnoses Appears to Get Boost With Three-Dimensional Approach

With data for more than 1,900 individuals affected by a range of genetic conditions, researchers compared facial phenotype-based diagnoses informed by 2D or 3D images in the European Journal of Human Genetics.

Survey Suggests Multigene Cancer Panel VUS Reporting May Vary Across Genetic Counselors

Investigators surveyed dozens of genetic counselors working in clinical or laboratory settings, uncovering attitudes around VUS reporting after multigene cancer panel testing in the Journal of Genetic Counseling.

Study Points to Tuberculosis Protection by Gaucher Disease Mutation

A mutation linked to Gaucher disease in the Ashkenazi Jewish population appears to boost Mycobacterium tuberculosis resistance in a zebrafish model of the lysosomal storage condition, a new PNAS study finds.