In research that may eventually upgrade clozapine from a third-line schizophrenia treatment to a second-choice option, Genaissance Pharmaceuticals said this week it had discovered genetic markers capable of identifying patients at risk for clozapine-induced agranulocytosis.

Taking into account the amount of time required for validation studies and a product launch, a diagnostic may be released within two years, said Richard Judson, Genaissance CSO.

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A former Synthetic Genomics attorney alleges that the firm discriminated against her and other female employees, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Due to privacy and lab certification questions, the planned giveaway of Orig3n testing kits at a Baltimore Ravens game was suspended.

Alnylam reports positive results from its phase 3 clinical trial of an RNAi-based drug, according to Stat News.

In Cell this week: adult mesenchymal cell populations in mouse lung, genetic diversity in HPV16 and cancer risk protection, and more.