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Twist Bioscience AsterExome Panel

Twist Bioscience and Aster Insights have launched the AsterExome panel. The targeted sequencing assay blends Twist's Exome 2.0 panel with additional coverage for target regions known to contain 620 genes associated with cancer. It helps identify copy number variants, which can be helpful in identifying cancers driven by gene amplifications, and maintains somatic mutation detection accuracy, sensitivity, and precision.

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ChatGPT Does As Well As Humans Answering Genetics Questions, Study Finds

Researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics had ChatGPT answer genetics-related questions, finding it was about 68 percent accurate, but sometimes gave different answers to the same question.

Sequencing Analysis Examines Gene Regulatory Networks of Honeybee Soldier, Forager Brains

Researchers in Nature Ecology & Evolution find gene regulatory network differences between soldiers and foragers, suggesting bees can take on either role.

Analysis of Ashkenazi Jewish Cohort Uncovers New Genetic Loci Linked to Alzheimer's Disease

The study in Alzheimer's & Dementia highlighted known genes, but also novel ones with biological ties to Alzheimer's disease.

Tara Pacific Expedition Project Team Finds High Diversity Within Coral Reef Microbiome

In papers appearing in Nature Communications and elsewhere, the team reports on findings from the two-year excursion examining coral reefs.