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Amgen said this week that its $415 million proposed acquisition of Icelandic genetics research firm Decode will bolster its ability to evaluate which molecules to advance through its pipeline.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Biopharmaceutical firm Amgen is acquiring genomic research products firm Decode Genetics for $415 million, the companies announced today. The all-cash deal has been approved by Amgen's board and is expected to be completed before the end of the year.

A consortium of 18 European and Australian institutions and industry partners will spend five years sequencing the exomes of 1,100 patients with neurodegenerative and neuromuscular diseases to create diagnostic panels and uncover novel therapeutic targets.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A pair of studies that appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine this week identified a rare variant of the TREM2 gene as a potent risk factor for late-onset Alzheimer's disease.

While the last decade saw the rise – and sometimes fall – of a number of direct-to-consumer genomics firms, including 23andMe, Navigenics, and Decode Genetics, the market for DTC proteomics has remained largely unexplored.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A rare variant on chromosome 8 contributes to prostate cancer risk in men from European populations, according to a new genome-wide association study in Nature Genetics.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The most recent mingling between modern humans outside of Africa and Neandertals appears to have occurred during the late Stone Age, according to a new genetic analysis by American and German researchers.

Quest Diagnostics has begun offering a test for measuring free epidermal growth factor receptor using Somalogic's aptamer-based Somamer technology.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A new study online in Nature Genetics is providing further details about the nature and frequency of new mutations in the human genome.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Children born to older fathers tend to have more de novo mutations in their genomes than those with younger dads, according to a study by researchers at Decode Genetics, the University of Iceland, and Illumina Cambridge.

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The former commissioner of the FDA has returned to the venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates as a special partner on the healthcare investment team.

Astronauts have edited yeast genes on the International Space Station in an experiment designed to show how cells repair themselves in space.

Emory University has found that two of its researchers failed to divulge they had received funds from China, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

In Science this week: influence of the nuclear genome on human mitochondrial DNA, and more.