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HOUSTON – Polygenic scores derived from large genome-wide association studies can at least partially explain the variability seen in complex human traits, such as height or cognitive ability. Combined with the ability of preimplantation genetic testing to scan the entire genome of a human embryo, this has raised the specter of "designer babies" where prospective parents choose embryos based on traits they find desirable.

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Stephen Hahn, the nominee to lead the US Food and Drug Administration, underwent a Senate confirmation hearing yesterday, the Washington Post reports.

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved an RNA interference drug to treat acute hepatic porphyria.

Gizmodo looks over the past decade of consumer DNA testing to find the field to be lacking.

In Nature this week: native RNA sequencing and analysis of a human poly(A) transcriptome, nanopore sequencing-based method to analyze short tandem repeat expansions, and more.

Dec
02
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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.  

Dec
04
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BC Platforms

This webinar will discuss what it takes to begin realizing precision medicine in a comprehensive clinical infrastructure, with insights from the Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine (CCPM).