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While ethnicity-based screening remains the consensus approach for identifying disease-causing mutations, the American population is becoming increasingly admixed, meaning that genetic laboratories often have to run multiple panels on the same individual.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – TessArae and Kindstar Global today announced a collaboration to develop genetic tests for the Chinese population.

Galil Genetic Analysis recently began offering its OncoGenetics RDMGGA 1.0 Re-sequencing Chip as a service to its customers in Israel, according to the company's CEO.

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The partnership is one of several for TessArae, which has traditionally served the infectious disease-testing market, but has recently begun offering services to genetic disease-testing firms.

The vote of confidence is a stepping stone for the company to seek 510(k) approval for an H1N1 test on its platform; to tackle the point-of-care diagnostic market; and to further develop tests for other infectious diseases.

By obtaining emergency use authorization from the FDA, Potomac Falls, Va.-based TessArae becomes the first array firm to have received an EUA to sell chips for the monitoring and early diagnosis of the H1N1 influenza A virus.

The assay was developed through Affymetrix's MyGeneChip Custom Array Program. It is the latest in a series of molecular diagnostic products to get an FDA EUA.

For TessArae, which specializes in developing pathogen-detection arrays, the deal with GeneDx is the first of its kind. The company said this week that it intends to pursue more opportunities in the genetic disease-testing arena.

Researchers hope to tease out the signature effects that different carcinogens leave on the genome to determine their contributions to disease, Mosaic reports.

The Wall Street Journal looks into the cost of new gene therapies.

An Imperial College London-led team reports that it was able to use a gene drive to control a population of lab mosquitos.

In PNAS this week: genomic effects of silver fox domestication, limited effect of mitochondrial mutations on aging in fruit flies, and more.