Technology developed to study the stars is being applied to more earth-bound subjects in recent agreements that place astronomy’s tools in the hands of bioinformatics researchers.

In October, the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) entered an agreement with Celera Genomics for the use of AURA’s Operational Pipeline Unified Systems (OPUS) software package.

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In an against-all-odds twist, a researcher studying exceeding rare FOXG1 mutations discovers her daughter has the syndrome.

An effort by Genomics Medicine Ireland is creating a database of diseases based on the genomics of people in Ireland. It now is looking into the possibility of including Scotland in its work.

In recent weeks, the direct-to-consumer genetics firm has rolled out a health hub where customers can share information concerning 18 common health conditions.

In PLOS this week, new genes associated with prostate cancer risk, genetic patterns in M. bovis, and more.

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