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Encouraged by research linking a gene with bone mass density, Roche Palo Alto plans to develop what the Swiss company hopes will become the first molecular diagnostic for osteoporosis risk, SNPtech Pharmacogenomics Reporter has learned.

The company said it also hopes to develop a therapeutic that would target the product of that gene, Alox15, and help delay or even reverse the onset of osteoporosis — a disease that costs US health-care facilities $17 billion a year to treat, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

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Matt Hancock, the UK health secretary, is calling for the swift rollout of predictive genetic tests, the Guardian reports.

A WHO panel is calling for a global registry of human germline gene-editing projects, according to Stat News.

Vox writes that lab mishaps involving pathogens are quite common.

In Genome Biology this week: analysis of wild and cultivated peach genomes, Hi-C-based pipeline for assembling microbial genomes from metagenomic data, and more.

Mar
28
Sponsored by
Qiagen

The Human Gene Mutation Database (HGMD) is a manually curated, comprehensive collection of disease-causing, germline mutations. Since 1996, a team of experts has manually catalogued over a quarter of a million mutations for the database.  

Apr
11
Sponsored by
Bionano Genomics

This webinar will review a recent study that applied whole-genome sequencing and optical genome mapping to identify a large number of previously undetected somatic structural variants in leukemia samples.