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New York's Hospital for Special Surgery is planning five years of sequencing-based research, starting with functional genomics and then moving later to whole-genome sequencing at its new Genomics Center.

The hospital announced the creation of the new center, funded with $5.6 million from The Tow Foundation, last month to study rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus, with the aim of developing more effective therapies.

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Bioethicists disagree with a research team's decision to allow the return of risk results for adult-onset conditions from a newborn sequencing project, according to Reuters.

Alterations to particular gene may enable the Quechua of Peru to better tolerate high-altitude life, Ars Technica reports.

Nature News reports that additional South Korean researchers have included the names of children on scientific papers when they did not contribute to the work.

In PLOS this week: statistical approach to prioritize rare variant searches, gene expression alterations in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and more.