NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Members of South Africa's Khoe-San population carry versions of natural killer cell receptor immune genes expected to be beneficial for pregnancy and newborn health, a new study in PLOS Genetics suggests.

A Stanford University-led team used a combination of bead-based hybridization genotyping and targeted sequencing to scrutinize immune genes in dozens of Khoe-San individuals from Upington, South Africa and other nearby villages.

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Chinese state news agency Xinhua reports that a preliminary investigation has found He Jiankui performed his gene-editing work illegally.

John Mendelsohn, a former president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, has died, the New York Times reports.

Identical twins receive different estimates of ancestry from the same direct-to-consumer genetic testing firms, CBC reports.

In PNAS this week: chromosomal features of maize, adaptations in the vinous-throated parrotbill, and more.

Jan
30
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Loop Genomics

This webinar will provide a comparison of several next-generation sequencing (NGS) approaches — including short-read 16S, whole-genome sequencing (WGS), and synthetic long-read sequencing technology — for use in microbiome research studies.

Feb
26
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Advanced Cell Diagnostics

This webinar will demonstrate how a research team at the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health at McMaster University developed a cellular and molecular phenotyping pipeline using archived samples of lung tissue derived from patients diagnosed with fibrotic interstitial lung disease.