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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Biogen, the ALS Association, and Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) are collaborating to study the genetics of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Under a new project called Genomic Translation for ALS Clinical Care (GTAC), the partners will perform next-generation sequencing and detailed clinical phenotyping on 1,500 ALS patients. Patient blood cells will be stored at the Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Core at the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute, allowing researchers to create cell lines for further study.

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The Hill reports President Donald Trump issued an executive directing federal agencies to cut the number of board and advisory committees they have.

The New York Times reports that researchers are combining tools to more quickly develop crops to feed a growing population and cope with shifting climates.

Scientists in Canada are looking to the UK's plan to sequence children with rare conditions for inspiration, the National Post reports.

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Jul
23
Sponsored by
Qiagen

This webinar will discuss how the Molecular Pathology Laboratory at the University of Oklahoma (OUMP) is using a new quality improvement model to support molecular testing of oncology patients. 

Jul
30
Sponsored by
Mission Bio

This webinar will outline a project that performs large-scale and integrative single-cell genome and transcriptome profiling of pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) cases at diagnosis, during drug treatment, and in case of relapse.