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While You've Got Your Wallet Open, We'll Take a Billion, Too

This article from the Guardian reports that a group of UK research universities has proposed a plan to help secure funding now -- and, with luck, jump-start the economy in the future. "Led by Imperial College London, they want ministers to create a £1bn fund to finance the early stages of university spin-outs - companies that could become money spinners in a few years' time and help boost the UK economy after the recession," the article says. The proposal "seems particularly audacious in a time of tightened public spending. But the government looks to be seriously considering the proposal."

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.