CHICAGO (GenomeWeb) – Alexion Pharmaceuticals is teaming with sequencing and informatics startup Sema4 in an effort to improve diagnosis of rare diseases and speed drug discovery.

Sema4, a spinout from Mount Sinai Health System in New York, will bring its knowledge in next-generation sequencing and genome interpretation to Alexion's SmartPanel precision medicine platform, the two companies announced this morning.

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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.

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