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23andMe and GlaxoSmithKline's partnership has uncovered half a dozen drug targets but also raised ethical questions, the Wall Street Journal reports.

SpeeDx said it will work with GlaxoSmithKline on tests to support its antibiotic clinical trials, as well as its new product development efforts.

During the five-year collaboration, the partners will research disease-causing gene mutations and develop new CRISPR-based technologies for drug discovery.

The firm is seeking approval of myChoice HRD as a test that can identify ovarian, fallopian, or peritoneal cancer patients deficient in homologous recombination DNA repair.

The project dovetails with a separate effort to sequence the whole exomes of the samples, the first 50,000 of which became available to researchers this month.

This week's news includes Illumina, Becton Dickinson, PerkinElmer, iGene Laboratory, Novacyt, Twist Bioscience, Lustgarten Foundation, and GlaxoSmithKline.

With a $300 million investment in 23andMe, GSK pivots toward personalized medicine again, while the consumer genomics firm hitches its drug development ambitions to GSK.

Partnered Up

Pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline and direct-to-consumer genetic testing company 23andMe have formed a drug discovery collaboration deal.

The companies will initially contribute equally to funding the collaboration and will share in future proceeds from drugs developed within the partnership.

The deal follows the release of a report that, among other things, urged support for genomics and other life sciences in the UK.

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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.