deafness

Researchers describe a rare genetic disorder that leads to deafness, blindness, and albinism, that's more likely among children of deaf parents, the Washington Post reports.

BEIJING — Like many microarray vendors, CapitalBio sees future growth opportunities in molecular diagnostics.

By Molika Ashford
In the hunt for the genetic causes of hearing loss in local populations, researchers at Tel Aviv University have taken up targeted genomic capture and deep sequencing to root out causative mutations.

At an FDA workshop last month, Lynn Bry spoke in a panel session about the need for a clinically annotated database of variants, detailing how Partners HealthCare Center for Personalized Medicine had developed such a database that is using for its sequencing-based diagnostic tests.

"Next-gen sequencing is going to turn diagnostics completely upside down and on its head," Richard Resnick, CEO of GenomeQuest, said at a recent panel discussion on next-gen sequencing-based diagnostics.

Helix customers can purchase apps that interpret different aspects of their genome, Technology Review reports.

The New York Times reports that a number of companies and research institutes are pursuing gene therapies.

Salmon with shorter telomeres survive to make the trip back to their river homes, New Scientist reports.

In PLOS this week: vaginal microbiome composition, population patterns of Chagas-carrying Rhodnius ecuadoriensis, and more.