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Researchers from the University of California at Los Angeles have sequenced and started characterizing the genome of a widely used glioblastoma multiforme brain cancer cell line called U87MG.

Using gene expression profiling and other genomic approaches, members of the Cancer Genome Atlas Research Network have identified and characterized four glioblastoma multiforme subtypes.

The findings help validate Therasis' bioinformatics and systems biology approach to reconstructing maps of regulatory networks in specific cancer cell types.

In an interview with Pharmacogenomics Reporter this week, Hakan Sakul provided a snapshot of Pfizer's efforts in personalized medicine, the company's stance on regulatory issues, and its overall focus on "omics"-guided medicine.

NCI Director John Niederhuber said last week that the institute plans to expand the Cancer Genome Atlas project to 20 to 25 major tumor types, and to apply next-generation sequencing to at least 100 tumor samples for each of several types of childhood cancers under the TARGET initiative.

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Attendees heard about the past and future of the Cancer Genome Atlas at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting in Denver this week, as the pilot stage of the project nears completion.

The new budget and stimulus funds will fuel the Genome Atlas, a personalized medicine platform, and more grants to young investigators.

The company will use the hospital's cancer clinical and genetic data to develop technologies for glioblastoma diagnostics or treatments.

The company also plans to begin a series of non-human primate studies to test its delivery technology, a move that is largely driven by the demands of potential big pharma partners for better data before forming alliances.

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Researchers representing scientists and students of Chinese descent voice their concerns about recent US policies and rhetoric.

Wired reports that researchers have shown they could reprogram a DNA-based computer.

Researchers say increased diversity in genomic studies will benefit all, PBS NewsHour reports.

In Science this week: whole-genome sequencing of single sperm cells, and more.