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Even More Excellence

New Centers of Excellence in Genomics Science are to be established at the Medical College of Wisconsin and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, according to NIH. Grants totaling about $45 million from NHGRI and NIMH will be used to establish those centers and help maintain ones at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Southern California. The new Wisconsin center will focus on how regulatory genes are influenced by other biological processes, diseases, or the environment and the UNC center will search for genetic and environmental factors associated with psychiatric disorders.

The Scan

Study Finds Few FDA Post-Market Regulatory Actions Backed by Research, Public Assessments

A Yale University-led team examines in The BMJ safety signals from the US FDA Adverse Event Reporting System and whether they led to regulatory action.

Duke University Team Develops Programmable RNA Tool for Cell Editing

Researchers have developed an RNA-based editing tool that can target specific cells, as they describe in Nature.

Novel Gene Editing Approach for Treating Cystic Fibrosis

Researchers in Science Advances report on their development of a non-nuclease-based gene editing approach they hope to apply to treat cystic fibrosis.

Study Tracks Responses in Patients Pursuing Polygenic Risk Score Profiling

Using interviews, researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics qualitatively assess individuals' motivations for, and experiences with, direct-to-consumer polygenic risk score testing.