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Many Buildings, Same Goal

Hospitals in New York City are vying to bring in researchers, physicians, and grant dollars to create centers to translate genomic and other basic research findings into the clinic, reports The Wall Street Journal. But, the paper adds, the "building spree" undertaken by Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center "is raising questions of whether there could be too many institutions chasing too few federal research dollars to fund operations in the buildings."

"The pot is only so big," Robert Roskoski Jr. tells the Journal. "A lot of people are working hard to get the grants, but they are all fighting for the same money."

Weill Cornell Medical College's Dean Laurie Glimcher says, though, that she isn't concerned about that. "Our goal isn't to compete with each other. Our goal is to cure disease," Glimcher says, adding that "you can't have too many" researchers.

The Scan

Study Examines Insights Gained by Adjunct Trio RNA Sequencing in Complex Pediatric Disease Cases

Researchers in AJHG explore the diagnostic utility of adding parent-child RNA-seq to genome sequencing in dozens of families with complex, undiagnosed genetic disease.

Clinical Genomic Lab Survey Looks at Workforce Needs

Investigators use a survey approach in Genetics in Medicine Open to assess technologist applications, retention, and workforce gaps at molecular genetics and clinical cytogenetics labs in the US.

Study Considers Gene Regulatory Features Available by Sequence-Based Modeling

Investigators in Genome Biology set sequence-based models against observational and perturbation assay data, finding distal enhancer models lag behind promoter predictions.

Genetic Testing Approach Explores Origins of Blastocyst Aneuploidy

Investigators in AJHG distinguish between aneuploidy events related to meiotic missegregation in haploid cells and those involving post-zygotic mitotic errors and mosaicism.