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A growing number of companies are offering canine DNA tests for breed identification, genetic disease mutations, and traits.

Despite years of experience of returning genetic test results, clinicians and researchers are still faced with many questions, such as what to do about VUS and secondary findings.

Last week, the company launched whole-genome sequencing of children for customers of its ViaCord cord blood and tissue banking business.

The company plans to use proceeds to further invest in its development of molecular testing and other strategies in the preventive medicine space.

Over the next month the company plans to expand its preconception screening test, which it launched widely earlier this year, by adding about 90 X-linked disorders. 

With the new certification in hand, the company plans to expand its business in the US through its Pennsylvania-based subsidiary, B. Braun CeGaT.

Last year, GenePeeks raised $16 million in a Series B funding round from 5AM Ventures, Columbus Nova Technology Partners, Alexandria Venture Investments, Alta Partners, and others.

Precision medicine platform developer 2bPrecise, a subsidiary of Allscripts, will develop and test genomics care protocols with Mayo Clinic.

At the European Society of Human Genetics annual meeting in Copenhagen this week, several groups presented studies involving automated facial analysis software. 

Paralogs may compensate for a mutated gene in tissues other than the disease-affected ones, researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel found.

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NPR reports that researchers have developed chimeric embryos as part of work toward growing human organs in animals for organ transplants.

According to the Washington Post, the Biden Administration is set to make changes to federal restrictions on fetal tissue research.

In Science this week: approach to isolated trace DNA from archaic humans from sediments, and more.

Texas Monthly looks into the DNA Zoo being collected by Baylor College of Medicine researchers.