By Uduak Grace Thomas

China this week officially kicked off its participation in the Human Variome Project — an international effort to create a centralized catalogue of all human disease variants.

At an HVP meeting held in Beijing this week, the Chinese government launched the Human Variome Project Chinese Node, which has committed to providing 25 percent of the effort required to complete the resource.

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Researchers have treated an X-linked genetic disease affecting three babies in utero, Stat News reports.

The Associated Press reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is beefing up sequencing as a tool to investigate foodborne illnesses.

Researchers have sequenced samples from ancient toilets to study past eating habits and health, NPR reports.

In Nature this week: ash dieback disease fungal genome, and more.

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