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Nature News reports there are a handful of clinical trials underway to evaluate vaginal microbiome seeding of newborns born via caesarian section.

Beyond its HostDx Sepsis test, the firm is working on a test to detect and differentiate bacterial from viral infections in patients presenting with fever.

Doctors in the US have used CRISPR gene editing to try to treat a woman with sickle cell disease as part of a clinical trial, according to Popular Science.

The first trial using CRISPR within the human body is to begin this fall to treat a form of blindness.

 

An analysis finds that though women make up nearly half of individuals participating in research, they are underrepresented in certain studies, according to Quartz.

With $200M in new investment, the precision medicine firm has launched a clinical trial matching service, is adding clinical data to TCGA, and is moving into the Asian market.

Patients who enroll will have their samples tested as part of routine diagnostic care, making it easier for them to take part in clinical trials without additional testing.

Keytruda and Ibrance demonstrate activity in molecularly defined populations, while a new cohort will explore Gilotrif in tumors with NRG1 fusions.

Researchers are collecting genomic and clinical data on cancer patients outside of clinical trials to understand tumor biology, treatment efficacy, and care gaps.

In the studies, the Merck immunotherapy extended survival for advanced lung cancer and stomach cancer patients with high PD-L1 expression.

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The Wall Street Journal looks into FamilyTreeDNA's handling of genetic genealogy searches by law enforcement.

In a point-counterpoint in the Boston Globe, researchers discuss the potential of gene editing to prevent Lyme disease, but also the pitfalls of doing so.

MIT's Technology Review reports that researchers hope to develop a CRISPR-based pain therapy.

In Science this week: atlas of malaria parasites' gene expression across their life cycles, and more.