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If Only It Could Make Coffee, Too

The Scientist has a run-down of interesting experiments that can, unexpectedly, be done with a mass spec. Lebanon Valley College's Anderson Marsh used his MALDI-TOF mass spectrometer to determine the size of nanoparticles that he is working with and the FDA's Douglas Hayward is developing MS methods to detecting pesticides in dietary supplements. Mass spec can be applied to many projects. "Traditionally it was a technique for looking at relatively small compounds across environmental issues, industrial applications, contaminants, and so on," says FDA's John Callahan.

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UK Pilot Study Suggests Digital Pathway May Expand BRCA Testing in Breast Cancer

A randomized pilot study in the Journal of Medical Genetics points to similar outcomes for breast cancer patients receiving germline BRCA testing through fully digital or partially digital testing pathways.

Survey Sees Genetic Literacy on the Rise, Though Further Education Needed

Survey participants appear to have higher genetic familiarity, knowledge, and skills compared to 2013, though 'room for improvement' remains, an AJHG paper finds.

Study Reveals Molecular, Clinical Features in Colorectal Cancer Cases Involving Multiple Primary Tumors

Researchers compare mismatch repair, microsatellite instability, and tumor mutation burden patterns in synchronous multiple- or single primary colorectal cancers.

FarGen Phase One Sequences Exomes of Nearly 500 From Faroe Islands

The analysis in the European Journal of Human Genetics finds few rare variants and limited geographic structure among Faroese individuals.