NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium has reported the first results of its effort to catalog the function of mammalian genes.

The group aims to systematically create knockout mice to work out what each gene does.

"Although next-generation sequencing has revolutionized the identification of new disease genes, there is still a lack of understanding of how these genes actually cause disease," Queen Mary University of London's Damian Smedley, the study's senior author, said in a statement.

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Sometimes genetic tests give inconclusive results and provide little reassurance to patients, the Associated Press reports.

Vox wonders whether gene-editing crops will be viewed similarly as genetically modified organisms of if people will give them a try.

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With H3Africa, Charles Rotimi has been working to bolster the representation of African participants and African researchers in genomics, Newsweek reports.