These loci include a known asthma locus at 17q12-q21, but also loci at 8p23 and 8q24 that could be specific to asthma risk among individuals of African ancestry.
The company, which employs 300 people, axed 30 jobs in the US and 25 jobs from its overseas operations as it refocuses on therapeutic development.
The researchers will combine genomic analysis with environmental and mobile device data from 1,200 participants to try to better understand the disease.
The company is marketing the panel, which runs on NanoString Technologies' nCounter System, to chemical and cosmetics firms as a replacement for animal models.
The partners aim to identify genetic factors common to individuals with asthma and asthma-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease overlap syndrome.
The researchers used nasal swabs, RNA sequencing, and machine learning algorithms to identify 90 genes linked to mild to moderate asthma in patients.
In Nature this week: shared genetic architecture for asthma and allergic diseases, and more.
Owlstone will give AstraZeneca access to its Breath Biopsy Services to identify breath-based biomarkers for stratifying and treating asthma and COPD patients.
CU Denver and UC San Francisco teams are independently performing whole-genome sequencing to find genes involved in reduced efficacy of a common bronchodilator drug.
Penn bioinformaticians are testing REALGAR, an application to simplify searches of GWAS, WGS, RNA-seq, and other test results for wet-lab researchers.
Researchers representing scientists and students of Chinese descent voice their concerns about recent US policies and rhetoric.
Wired reports that researchers have shown they could reprogram a DNA-based computer.
Researchers say increased diversity in genomic studies will benefit all, PBS NewsHour reports.
In Science this week: whole-genome sequencing of single sperm cells, and more.