By Monica Heger

This story was originally posted March 9.

An initiative spearheaded by Genome Canada and the Canadian Institute of Health Research to sequence childhood disease cohorts is highlighting the ethical challenges of using sequencing to study disease in patients. The $C4.5 million project has two arms — one that will use whole-genome sequencing to study childhood cancers and metastatic tumors, and another that will use exome sequencing to study rare Mendelian diseases in children.

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University of California, San Diego, researchers have developed a gene drive to control a fruit-destroying fly.

A new study of a β-thalassemia gene therapy appears promising, according to NPR.

Futurism writes that gene doping could be the next generation of cheating in sports.

In Nature this week: hair color genes, hybridization between 13-year and 17-year cicadas, and more.

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