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23andMe customers who have one of three common variants identified in reports can choose six family members to receive health and ancestry test kits.

Through the Alnylam Act program, patients suspected of having the rare disease or with a family history of the illness will receive testing at no cost.

An RNAi Approval

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Alnylam's RNAi-based therapy Onpattro, according to Stat News.

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and its collaborators plan to sequence the exomes all of the UK Biobank participants by then end of 2019.

By the end of 2019, Regeneron plans sequence the exomes of all 500,000 participants in the UK Biobank.

The company will now offer free genetic testing to patients at risk for acute hepatic porphyrias, a class of diseases for which it is developing a treatment.

To Interfere

Alnylam reports positive results from its phase 3 clinical trial of an RNAi-based drug, according to Stat News.

Through this Alnylam-funded program, Invitae will perform free testing for US patients suspected to have hereditary ATTR amyloidosis or a family history of it. 

The court found that the university had failed to demonstrate that one of its researchers had collaborated with the IP's inventors and therefore is not entitled to co-inventorship.

The firm also said it aims to soon begin human studies for its hepatic porphyria treatment ALN-AS1 and to select a development candidate for its program in primary hyperoxaluria type 1.

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The US National Institutes of Health's All of Us project awarded $4.6 million to the company Color to develop a genetic counseling resource for the program.

The Times of India reports on a pilot study that used genomic testing to determine whether patients had drug-resistant tuberculosis.

New guidelines say that more women may benefit from genetic testing for hereditary breast or ovarian cancer, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In Cell this week: small proteins identified among human microbiome, role for tumor microbes in pancreatic cancer survival, and more.