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Venter's Algae Venture

Craig Venter and his team at Synthetic Genomics are searching for a way to produce oil from algae, and Christopher Helman at Forbes says a recent profile of Venter indicates he hasn't found an algae strain that can produce enough oil, and so he is going to make one himself. The profile, published in The New York Times earlier this month, said that Synthetic Genomics is currently "studying natural strains, but the goal is not to select any one of them; it's to combine the best qualities from each." Helman notes that Venter has a deal with ExxonMobil to develop any algae-derived biofuels, but he also points out that the agreement is for an isolated strain of algae, not an engineered strain.

The Scan

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.