NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The USTAR Center for Genetic Discovery has launched.

The center was launched this month with $6 million from the University of Utah and the state-funded Utah Science Technology and Research initiative. Housed in the university's School of Medicine, the center will develop and commercialize computational methods of discovery relationships between genes and diseases. Mark Yandell and Gabor Marth, professors of human genetics at the university, are the co-directors.

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NPR reports that with medical data being big business, some companies want to get patients involved.

The Asbury Park Press reports on the startup Genomic Prediction's test to determine an embryo's risk of disease.

In PNAS this week: optical mapping allows glimpse of structural variants, disease-linked GATA2 mutations boosts its protein activity, and more.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has released the results of a genetic ancestry analysis, the Boston Globe reports.

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