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In PNAS this week: 10-SNP polygenic risk score for papillary thyroid cancer performs as well as a larger one, loss-of-function mutation affecting voltage-gated sodium channel, and more.

In PLOS this week: sub-telomeric sequence diversity in dozens of human populations, variant linked to ataxia in dog breed, and more. 

The firm reported selling more billable tests in Q1 than any previous quarter and said that it is starting to see momentum in new initiatives, such as carrier screening.

PacBio is refining the CRISPR/Cas9 capture technique with several early- access sites and plans to launch it more broadly in 2018.

Distinct alterations affecting each copy of the SCYL1 gene were linked to a form of ataxia called human hetapocerebellar neuropathy syndrome in three individuals.

The deal does not cover Voyager's fledgling effort to use RNAi to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Scientists at the University of Florida have won a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to fund research into how proteins in cells are created, and how that process may influence inherited human diseases.

One award will be used to create methods of identifying potentially cancer-causing or other detrimental mutations in induced pluripotent stem cells, and the other will be used to conduct research into a group of genetic diseases.

The method is currently available from Asuragen as a research-use-only PCR kit, but the company is hoping that the publication is an important step toward developing a routine PCR-based diagnostic for the disorder.

UK Royal Statistical Society is organizing a working group to develop guidelines for assessing COVID-19 tests, the Guardian reports.

The Washington Post reports that the White House chief of staff has asked the US Food and Drug Administration to justify the stricter standards it is seeking for a coronavirus vaccine.

President Donald Trump's "good genes" comment raises eugenics concerns, CNN reports.

In PLOS this week: genetic analysis of tremor condition, analysis of a West and Central African tree used in traditional medicine, and more.