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At Bio-IT World, Harvard bioinformatics researcher John Quackenbush called typical methods for determining genetic relevance relics of "Mendel and his peas."

A team of researchers in the UK used a two-stage approach to tie the rare variants to disease risk.

Bio-Techne will provide a bioanalytical assay for the group to assess and validate as a bioanalytical method for clinical trial recruitment.

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In PLOS this week: variants that affect COPD biomarkers, high genetic diversity of Cryptococcus gattii in Brazil, and more.

The company is developing a proteomic test for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease that it plans to launch in early 2018 as a CLIA-based diagnostic.

Data for tens of thousands of UK Biobank participants revealed an overlapping set of variants involved in airflow obstruction in heavy and never smokers. 

The technology uses infrared spectroscopy to indentify biomarkers of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in sputum samples.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Glyconics, a UK firm using infrared spectroscopy to diagnose respiratory diseases, said today that it recently secured a contract from the Small Business Research Initiative for Healthcare to validate its technology.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Two investigators at the University of British Columbia have received C$7.2 million (US$6.8 million) in funding to develop a biomarker-based blood test to identify patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder who are most at risk for lung attacks.

Canada's Prevention of Organ Failure Centre of Excellence has granted HTG Molecular Diagnostics exclusive rights to commercialize a risk stratification test the center has been developing to better personalize treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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Using DNA to sketch crime victims might not be a great idea, the NYTimes says.

Science has its own problem with sexual harassment. What do we do with the research these abusers produce, Wired asks.

Senate Republicans led by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) are trying to change how the government funds basic research, reports ScienceInsider.

In Science this week: combining genomics and ecology to better understand the effects of natural selection on evolution, and more.