NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – In a pair of studies appearing online yesterday in Nature Genetics, one group of researchers identified the first systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE, risk variants in a Chinese population while another group added to the growing list of lupus-associated genes in individuals of European descent.

SLE is an autoimmune disease in which an individual's antibodies recognize and attack his or her tissues. Both genetic and environmental factors have been implicated in the disease, which is about nine times more common in women than men.

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Congress approved a bill Friday that would increase the US National Institutes of Health's funding by $2 billion for fiscal year 2019.

UK's Labour Party calls for a ban on non-invasive prenatal testing for determining sex, BBC News reports.

Sarah Lawrence College's Laura Hercher warns in a New York Times op-ed that more people are going to need help figuring out what their consumer genetic testing results mean.

In PLOS this week: intra-tumor heterogeneity patterns, genomic analysis of Thoroughbred horse origins, and more.

Oct
17
Sponsored by
Lexogen

This webinar will present a method for RNA-seq expression analysis of FFPE-derived RNA samples that are too degraded for successful application of standard RNA-seq techniques.

Oct
25
Sponsored by
Roche

This webinar will detail a comprehensive strategy that a lab has put in place to evaluate  NGS oncology assays for genomic tumor profiling of plasma and tissue samples.