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News and reporting on pediatric cancer.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has launched a website for published research results from its Pediatric Cancer Genome sequencing project with Washington University.

Complete Genomics will receive $8 million to sequence 500 tumor/normal pairs, or $8,000 per genome, as part of a National Cancer Institute initiative funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the company said this week.

BCM has started a new pediatric cancer research center that will use clinical tumor sequencing for research and to develop treatments.

The group expects delivery of two Ion PGMs by the end of the month, and will use them for "targeted, clinically relevant studies," said Timothy Triche, director of the center for personalized medicine at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

The project is part of an NCI initiative called Therapeutically Applicable Research to Generate Effective Treatments, which seeks to use genomic technologies to rapidly identify therapeutic targets in childhood cancers.

The partners will use Complete Genomics' sequencing and bioinformatics services to analyze 50 tumor-normal pairs.

Scientists at Wash U's genome center completed the sequencing of the first sample, an infant childhood leukemia, this week.

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The Wall Street Journal looks into FamilyTreeDNA's handling of genetic genealogy searches by law enforcement.

In a point-counterpoint in the Boston Globe, researchers discuss the potential of gene editing to prevent Lyme disease, but also the pitfalls of doing so.

MIT's Technology Review reports that researchers hope to develop a CRISPR-based pain therapy.

In Science this week: atlas of malaria parasites' gene expression across their life cycles, and more.