Alzheimer's Association

The funding will support nine projects investigating why Alzheimer's disease disproportionately affects women versus men.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Alzheimer's Association and the Brin Wojcicki Foundation yesterday announced a partnership aimed at obtaining the whole-genome sequences of people with AD.

The figure comes from a report commissioned by proteomics firm Proteome Sciences, which, like a number of other protein biomarker firms including Quanterix, Rules-Based Medicine, and NextGen Sciences, has made AD a significant focus of its R&D and commercialization efforts.

The new guidelines mark the second publication in recent months to suggest that protein biomarkers be integrated into current definitions of Alzheimer's disease, though the new proposal explicitly calls for protein biomarkers to be used only in research settings.

The National Institute on Aging /Alzheimer's Association Guidelines for Alzheimer's Disease sees biomarker use in the clinic as a future prospect.

Technology Review reports that researchers in the US have used CRISPR to modify a number of human embryos.

Plant researchers plan to sequence some 10,000 samples that represent the major plant clades, ScienceInsider reports.

By introducing genes from butterfly peas and Canterbury bells, researchers in Japan have developed a blue chrysanthemum, according to NPR.

In Nature this week: a Danish reference genome, and more.