Recruiting Genes

Brigham and Women's Hospital patients "will soon be asked to provide a blood sample for genetic testing," the Boston Globe's Carolyn Johnson reports. The Harvard-affiliated hospital plans to build a database of genetic information with the hope of elucidating the genetic causes of various diseases. The researchers hope to eventually compile genetic samples from 100,000 people, both sick and healthy, Johnson says.

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A fire at a Manchester hospital may have destroyed lab equipment and data, the Guardian reports.

Researchers generate a genetic database from skeletal remains from the 1845 Franklin Expedition to the Arctic, Live Science reports.

Researchers in China have begun another trial using CRISPR/Cas9 approaches in cancer patients, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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