NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Two studies appearing in the American Journal of Human Genetics today uncovered a handful of low-frequency variants, including novel variants in ANGPTL8, PNPLA5, and PCSK7, among others, that seem to contribute to cholesterol or lipid levels in the blood.

Lipid levels, especially LDL-C levels, are risk factors for coronary artery disease. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the most common cause of death in the US, as some 600,000 people die a year from the condition.

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Researchers hope to tease out the signature effects that different carcinogens leave on the genome to determine their contributions to disease, Mosaic reports.

The Wall Street Journal looks into the cost of new gene therapies.

An Imperial College London-led team reports that it was able to use a gene drive to control a population of lab mosquitos.

In PNAS this week: genomic effects of silver fox domestication, limited effect of mitochondrial mutations on aging in fruit flies, and more.

Oct
02
Sponsored by
Roche

In the last few years several molecular testing methodologies — such as immunohistochemistry, PCR, and sequencing — have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to aid in the management of patients with lung cancer.  

Oct
11
Sponsored by
ArcherDX

This webinar will discuss a validation study for a next-generation sequencing (NGS) assay for hematological malignancies (e.g., acute myeloid leukemia, acute lymphocytic leukemia, myelodysplastic syndrome, and myeloproliferative neoplasms).

Oct
23
Sponsored by
PerkinElmer

This webinar will address a range of methods for optimizing small RNA library preparation.

Nov
05
Sponsored by
Sophia Genetics

With the Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), genomes sequencing has been democratized over the last decades with the detection of genomic alterations, thus replacing Sanger sequencing.