NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A collaboration between a veterinary oncologist, synthetic DNA manufacturer Gen9, and design software firm Autodesk claims to have created the largest synthetic viral genome to date, which will be used in clinical trials to treat cancer in dogs using oncolytic viruses.

The synthetic canine adenovirus Type 2 (CAV-2) genome measures between 32 and 33 kilobases, a record, based on a recent literature search, Gen9 VP of Research and Development Devin Leake told GenomeWeb. He noted that several synthetized bacterial genomes have been larger.

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Women with breast or ovarian cancer living in medically underserved regions of the US are less likely to get recommended BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic testing, according to a new study.

Three immunology researchers are to receive this year's Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research, the Albany Times-Union reports.

In Genome Research this week: clonal evolution analysis of acute myeloid leukemia, computational pipeline to examine relationships between bacterial pathogens, and more.

Elephants may have "re-animated" pseudogenes to help stave off cancer, according to the New York Times.

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