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The program will aim to develop and evaluate genomics and informatics tools to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.

The Shenzhen Mammoth Public Welfare Foundation, which BGI sponsors, has also raised funding to purchase PCR and automate sample preparation instruments.

With data from UK Biobank participants, investigators identified dozens of snoring-related genetic loci and links to traits such as weight, smoking, and sleep apnea.

The genotyping test is designed to identify cancer patients with a metabolic disorder that can result in toxicity to a common cancer therapeutic.

The commission plans to bar Bio-Rad from importing certain single-cell products, potentially including the ddSeq Single-Cell Isolator and ddSeq cartridges.

The study characterized aspects of the tumor immune landscape, including immunogenic alterations, neoantigens, and the immune microenvironment.

The Series B round, which includes new and existing investors, follows the Belgian firm's completion of a €7.7 million private placement in 2016.

The firm saw low-single digit growth across its business segments in the quarter as well as in the full year. 

The Medicare Administrative Contractor will provide limited coverage for the RNA gene expression test that helps rule out primary cutaneous melanoma.

The test detects methylation status at 31 sites and is used to determine elevated risk for esophageal dysplasia due to chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease.

A high genetic risk score was associated with increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes in both a US and a Danish cohort of women with gestational diabetes.

A large genome-wide association study that included more than 400,000 UK Biobank participants led to 69 new or known loci associated with 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels.

The high-throughput S2000 sequencer is the second instrument Genetron Health has received NMPA approval for, following the S5 benchtop instrument last year.

Foundation Medicine's liquid biopsy test will be used in the third stage of SCRUM-Japan, which focuses on advanced cancer patientsin Japan and other Asian countries.

The firm reports it had the highest flu revenue in the fourth quarter since the pandemic flu outbreak of 2009.

Understanding the genetic causes of hypercholesterolemia could provide prognostic information to help treat patients, the researchers said.

The project, the first under a partnership between the university and Illumina announced last year, will apply whole-genome sequencing to challenging cancers types.

The findings suggest that the ancestors of modern West Africans interbred with a hominin population that split from the modern human lineage before Neanderthals did.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says one of the test reagents will likely need to be remanufactured in its labs.

Investigators tracked down a methylation signature in blood that corresponded with features found in postmortem brain samples from schizophrenia cases.

The company also inked a deal with an investment bank to publicly offer from time to time up to $4.2 million of its stock.

The findings, published this week in mSystems, could help studies examining the role of microbes in aging and aging-related diseases.

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The Economist reports that it is increasingly easier to analyze the metabolites people give off, potentially revealing personal information about them.

A controversial paper on the gender gap in science has been corrected, according to BuzzFeed News.

The Los Angeles Times reports that only a third of California students meet the state's new science standards.

In Science this week: evidence of interbreeding between the ancestors of West Africans and an unknown archaic human, and more.