blindness New Rhesus Macaque Reference Genome Holds Potential for Human Disease, Evolution Research The researchers, who also performed whole-genome sequencing on 853 macaques, found new lineage-specific genes and expanded gene families in the monkeys. Quest Diagnostics Acquires Blueprint Genetics Blueprint provides 3,900 targeted single-gene and more than 200 panel tests covering 14 medical specialties, leveraging NGS and bioinformatics methods. Blueprint Genetics to Open North American Lab as Biopharma Business Grows Premium The company announced this week the expansion of a genetic testing program for US patients with inherited retinal disease that it has run with partners since 2017. At ASHG, 99 Cat Genomes Project Presenter Points to Feline Potential as Trait, Disease Model Researchers have sequenced and analyzed more than 50 feral and domestic cats in search of genetic variants involved in specific physical features and forms of disease. Studies Confirm Interaction of Genetics, Diet, Exercise Affect Age-Related Macular Degeneration Risk Researchers find that a woman's genetic risk for age-related macular degeneration is influenced by lifestyle factors. Mar 6, 2013 Avellino Lab Launches Genetic Test in US to Identify Risk of Blindness from LASIK Surgery Premium Feb 8, 2012 UK's NHS to Offer 105-Gene Sequencing-Based Test for Inherited Blindness Premium Oct 19, 2011 Dutch Study Aims to Demonstrate Cost-Effectiveness of Reimbursing for Exome Sequencing Dx Premium Breaking News 23andMe Fiscal Q4 Revenues Increase 14 Percent Local Coverage Determinations Roundup: Castle Bio, SkylineDx Ancient Genome Sequence Provides Look at Ancestry for Individual Who Perished at Pompeii Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplant Outcomes Improve With Diverse Gut Microbes, Immune Cells CorePath Laboratories, Cizzle Biotechnology Partner on Lung Cancer Blood Test Becton Dickinson Gets CE-IVD Mark for High-Throughput COVID/Flu PCR Test The Scan Billion-Dollar Diversity Initiative The Howard Hughes Medical Institute is now accepting applications for its new $1.5 billion initiative to boost the diversity of the scientific workforce. Biotech Co-Founder Arrested A co-founder of a Los Angeles-based biotech company has been arrested in connection with a murder-for-hire scheme, according to Endpoint News. Return of the Tasmanian Tiger The Washington Post reports that a team in Australia is working to bring the thylacine back from extinction. Nature Papers on Genome of Individual From Pompeii, CircRNA Study Best Practices, More In Nature this week: first sequenced genome of a person from Pompeii, best practice guidelines for circRNA studies, and more.