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 Children With Autism May Have Underdeveloped Gut Microbiomes, Metagenomic Analysis Finds Kiromic BioPharma Acquires InSilico Solutions Bio-Rad Laboratories, 10x Genomics Settle IP Lawsuits, Sign Global Cross-Licensing Agreement Scope Fluidics Obtains CE Mark for PCR-Based SARS-CoV-2 Panel MeMed COVID-19 Prognostic Test Receives CE Mark ERS Genomics Licenses CRISPR IP to Japan SLC The Scan Dropped Charges The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal. More Kids The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children. PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more. Purnell Choppin Dies Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.