Prader-Willi syndrome

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A survey of families coping with Prader-Willi Syndrome finds that many need support services, the Irish Times reports.

Researchers from Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital have published a study in which Complete Genomics' whole-genome sequencing and long-fragment read analysis revealed a mutation in MAGEL2 as the likely cause of a child's Prader-Willi-like symptoms.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – In Nature Genetics, researchers from Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Texas, and elsewhere described point mutations that can truncate an imprinted gene called MAGEL2,

BioArray Briefs

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Baylor College of Medicine, Illumina, Aushon Biosystems, SciGene, Invitrogen

Baylor will use the arrays for studying genomic imprinting and its role in developmental diseases.

The Quest For Function

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Small RNA research continues to heat up as scientists deploy experimental and new computational tools to elucidate function. Plus, a peek at new findings in snoRNAs and moRs.

Quest plans to develop and sell a diagnostic for prostate cancer based on the biomarker.

A phylogenetic analysis indicates two venomous Australian spiders are more closely related than thought, the International Business Times reports.

Technology Review reports that 2017 was the year of consumer genetic testing and that it could spur new analysis companies.

In Science this week: CRISPR-based approach for recording cellular events, and more.

A new company says it will analyze customers' genes to find them a suitable date, though Smithsonian magazine says the science behind it might be shaky.