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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Researchers have uncovered a common genetic variant that is associated with liver injury in multiple sclerosis patients who have been treated with interferon-β, suggesting a new way to pick out patients at risk of the adverse reaction.

IFN-βs are the most commonly used treatments for multiple sclerosis, but up to 60 percent of patients given the drug develop abnormal biochemical liver test results and 2 percent experience drug-induced liver injury.

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The Washington Post reports that a Russian Academy of Sciences commission has led to the retraction of hundreds of scientific papers.

The Los Angeles Times' Daily Pilot reports the chief executive of Vantari Genetics has pleaded guilty in a kickback scheme.

News 4 Jax reports that a Florida bill to prevent life and long-term care insurers from using genetic information in their coverage decisions has easily passed one committee.

In Science this week: potentially pathogenic mutations found in hematopoietic stem cells from young healthy donors, and more.

Jan
28
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Sophia Genetics

This webinar will discuss how Moffitt Cancer Center has implemented a new capture-based application to accurately assess myeloid malignancies by detecting complex variants in challenging genes in a single experiment.