NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The British Heart Foundation said today it is funding more than £1 million ($1.7 million) to a genetic testing program for familial hypercholesterolaemia, a condition that can shorten a patient's life by 20 to 30 years if left untreated.

The program being funded by BHF will pay for nurses to screen patients and their family members for the condition. It also will go toward extending such screening services to eight NHS Trusts across England and Scotland, BHF said.

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In PLOS this week: phylogenetic study of hepatitis E viruses in Swedish moose, recombination sites in the honeybee genome, and more.

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This online seminar will review case studies demonstrating the clinical utility of CTCs and cfDNA to define and characterize a variety of dynamic genomic changes throughout the course of cancer detection and treatment.