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The joint research effort will focus on finding genetic links for obesity and metabolic diseases.

OSU Medical Center will enroll patients who agree to join Coriell's personalized medicine project under the guidance of their primary care physician. The partners will study the impact of using genomic information in treating chronic conditions.

Prolor has the option to obtain from Yeda a license to develop a number of peptide drug candidates, including an anti-obesity peptide, using a delivery technology developed at the Weizmann Institute.

Research groups doing sequencing studies and GWAS in cardiovascular disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes are working on a project with Illumina to develop a single chip, called Metabo-Chip, that can detect up to 50,000 new and rare SNPs associated with various diseases, according to NHGRI scientist Michael Erdos.

Moving Target: CNVs in Disease

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More and more research is linking CNVs to disease. It's not only changing the way scientists study disease, but also how clinicians diagnose it.

In Brief This Week is a Friday column containing news items that our readers may have missed during the week.

Research conducted under the five-year CRADA could lead to the development of a new blood test that predicts patients at risk for heart disease and metabolic syndrome. The collaboration could also lead to the development of new targeted drugs.

If the drug reaches the market, likely through a partnership with a pharma, UC Davis stands to receive a "modest" royalty based on sales of the drug as part of an exclusive licensing agreement it signed with Arete.

Shamil Sunyaev, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, has been studying how resequencing all human exons could help discover genes related to human traits. He spoke with In Sequence this week.

Georgia Biotech Tort-Shield Bill, Michigan 'Cluster of Innovation,' Maryland Nanobiotechnology Grants, North Carolina Biotechnology Center, Solano Economic Development Corp., Hong Kong Stimulus Package

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Nearly 30,000 COVID-19 tests the UK sent to the US came back as void, according to the Telegraph.

Black principal investigators receive less favorable application scores when seeking US National Institutes of Health grants, the Chronicle of Higher Education reports.

New Scientist reports that both RNA and DNA may have been involved in the emergence of life on Earth.

In Nature this week: new Sperm-seq method enables crossover analysis, tumor-informed detection approach for minimal residual disease, and more.