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The American College of Medical Genetics Foundation and Luminex Corporation are together promoting an annual grant for a project promoting safe and effective genetic testing and services. The award will provide $100,000 to a medical genetics professional proposing the winning one-year project beginning on or before September 1.

Project topics may include, but are not limited to economics, education, and standards development in the field of medical genetics. In order to compete for the award, applicants must be ACMG members and have institutional approval to apply for the award. Additionally, the applicant's project must extend for no longer than one year, be performed in the US or Canada, and it may not already be funded from a source outside of the applicant's institution.

Award applications are due Jan. 29. The winner of the ACMGF/Luminex award will be announced at the ACMG annual meeting in Albuquerque on March 24-28.


Population Diagnostics, a developer of molecular diagnostics and personalized medicine companion tests, announced the appointment of Peggy Eis as chief technology officer. In this role she will oversee scale up of the company's causative biomarker discovery platform for common diseases and be in charge of commercialization of PDx's personalized medicine tests. Prior to PDx, Eis was senior director of genome variation at Roche NimbleGen.


Sequenom has appointed Kenneth Buechler and David Pendarvis to its board of directors. Buechler previously was president, CSO, and co-founder of Biosite. Pendarvis is senior VP of organizational development, global general counsel, and secretary of ResMed.

The Scan

Fertility Fraud Found

Consumer genetic testing has uncovered cases of fertility fraud that are leading to lawsuits, according to USA Today.

Ties Between Vigorous Exercise, ALS in Genetically At-Risk People

Regular strenuous exercise could contribute to motor neuron disease development among those already at genetic risk, Sky News reports.

Test Warning

The Guardian writes that the US regulators have warned against using a rapid COVID-19 test that is a key part of mass testing in the UK.

Science Papers Examine Feedback Mechanism Affecting Xist, Continuous Health Monitoring for Precision Medicine

In Science this week: analysis of cis confinement of the X-inactive specific transcript, and more.