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The Genes for Good Project has engaged 80,000 Facebook users via its online application and genotyped 27,000 people to date.

The test relies on a signature that Almac developed for stratifying breast cancer patients, but which, as the researchers showed, can be used in other cancers as well.

Informaticians at Spain's National Cancer Research Centre develop a methodology for evaluating likely drug efficacy based on specific patient genotypes.

The firm hopes the effort, recently described in the journal Oncotarget, will spur adoption of its testing services by oncologists, particularly in Europe, where it is determined to become a market leader.

The effort, which relied on Oxford BioDynamics' EpiSwitch platform, resulted in an assay that researchers believe could be developed into a test to guide therapy selection for patients.

Given the high yield of miRNA markers they were able to isolate, the researchers believe the approach could be commercialized for routine cancer testing.

A Johns Hopkins team reported its finding in JAMA Cardiology, backed by SNP array data from 21,870 participants culled from several large cardiovascular studies.

Scientists reported this week for the first time a Danish reference genome based on the de novo assembly of 150 genomes from 50 family trios.

September's Bioinformatics Papers of Note
Bernstein BE, Birney E, et al.
An integrated encyclopedia of DNA elements in the human genome.
Nature. 2012 Sep 6;489(7414):57-74.

Next-generation sequencing identifies novel microRNAs in peripheral blood of lung cancer patients.
Keller A, Backes C, Leidinger P, et al.
Mol Biosyst. 2011 Oct 25. [Epub ahead of print]

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The chief executive of the National Health Service in England is to call for tumor-agnostic drugs to be "fast-tracked," according to the Times.

Researchers in Australia are sequencing the Wollemi pine tree to try to protect it from extinction, Australia's ABC News reports.

Computerworld ranks Illumina as one of the top midsize organizations to work at in IT.

In Genome Research this week: links between biological aging and mutations affecting epigenetic regulators; long-read sequencing-based strategy to map chromatin accessibility; and more.