NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Startups in Canada and France are combining their genomic analysis and machine learning technology in pursuit of faster, more accurate diagnoses of rare conditions.

Toronto-based Gene42, maker of software that supports precision medicine programs, is partnering with SeqOne, a French developer of a genome analysis platform, to augment gene sequences with phenotypic data from clinical encounters. This collaboration, the companies said today, will address the estimated 80 percent of rare diseases with genetic causes.

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 Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who chairs the Senate health committee, will be retiring at the end of his term, Stat News reports.

UCSF researchers find that having two X chromosomes may contribute to women's longer lifespans, according to Discover's D-brief blog.

The Wall Street Journal reports on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's use of genetic approaches to study foodborne illnesses.

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