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In the New Scientist, Paul Nurse says that the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation is "one of the UK's most important biomedical research initiatives in a generation" and he'd like to see it cover a large swath of biomedical research. "My own suggestion for a new research initiative is to make greater use of human material for biological investigations," Nurse says. "High-throughput DNA sequencing will soon generate a huge amount of information on human genetic variation, which can be used to relate gene variants to differences in physiology and disease." He also says that stem-cell technologies and whole-body imaging will become important.

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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.