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Public health researchers argue in NEJM that precision medicine initiatives will take away from needed efforts to improve population health.

Aperiomics launched its commercial sequencing and bioinformatics-based pathogen detection service at the annual meeting of the Association for Molecular Pathology last week, with three offerings: Absolute-ID, Absolute-Discovery, and Absolute-Biome.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — A US-Israeli team has developed an improved optical method for reading out the ion current through solid-state nanopores, providing an alternative to present approaches for nanopore sequencing that use electrical measurements.

Packaging isothermal PCR reagents in blisters and using lateral flow detection, researchers at Boston University hope to develop a low-cost, disposable assay for Bordetella pertussis, the causative agent of whooping cough.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Two studies appearing in the American Journal of Human Genetics today uncovered a handful of low-frequency variants, including novel variants in ANGPTL8, PNPLA5, and PCSK7, among others, that seem to contribute to cholesterol or lipid levels in the blood.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Boston University has proposed building a new research center that will house interdisciplinary life sciences research projects involving systems and synthetic biology and neuroscience.

Bay Area molecular diagnostics shop Wave 80 Biosciences is gearing up to evaluate its first product — a semi-quantitative HIV viral load assay that runs on the company's cartridge-based, near-patient, sample-to-answer testing system — in full-scale clinical trials by the end of t

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies has uncovered seven new loci linked to increased risk of age-related macular degeneration, the AMD Gene Consortium reported in Nature Genetics yesterday.

Lawyers challenging Myriad Genetics' patents underlying its BRACAnalysis genetic test have made no secret of the fact that a similar case could very well have been brought against Athena Diagnostics.

PrimeraDx has been awarded US Patent No. 8,321,140, "Quantification of nucleic acid molecules using multiplex PCR."
Kyle Hart, Vladimir Dancik, Michael Bristol, Patrick Wells, Elizabeth Garcia, Vladimir Slepnev, and John Unger are named as inventors.

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An analysis of UK Biobank data finds hemochromatosis to be more prevalent than thought, according to the BBC.

An analysis finds that female biomedical researchers receive fewer prizes than male ones, and when they do win prizes, they are less prestigious.

In Nature this week: improved genomic analysis using a graph genome reference, tumor mutational burden could predict clinical response to immune checkpoint inhibitors, and more.

Federal researchers tell the Los Angeles Times that the shutdown is causing missed research opportunities as they try to keep their experiments going.