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 Biocartis Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Sepsis Assay DNA Script Receives CE Mark for Syntax Enzymatic DNA Synthesis Platform Exact Sciences, Pfizer End Cologuard Copromotion Agreement Genetron Health Q3 Revenues up 36 Percent, Firm Announces AstraZeneca MRD Partnership BioMark Diagnostics, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Others Partner in Lung Cancer Screening Project Akoya Receives CLIA Certification for Biopharma Solutions Laboratory The Scan Looking for Omicron NPR reports that SARS-CoV-2 testing in the US has gotten better but also that some experts say more needs to be done to better track the Omicron variant. Holmes Alleges Abuse The Associated Press reports that Theranos' Elizabeth Holmes has testified at her wire fraud trial that her business and romantic partner abused her. Bit More Diverse, But More to Do While Black and Hispanic patients are more likely to participate in cancer clinical trials than previously, they are still underrepresented, according to US News & World Report. PNAS Papers on Yeast Gene Silencing, Zika Virus Inhibition, Immunoglobulin Hypermutation In PNAS this week: gene silencing in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, possible neuroprotective role for SHFL in a mouse model of Zika virus infection, and more.