Brigham and Women's Hospital

The semifinalists will receive $50,000 each to develop prototypes of their concepts for submission in the second phase of the challenge.

The company has developed a suite of initial products focused on ancestry that will compete with offerings from 23andMe, AncestryDNA, and Family Tree DNA.

The Family Variant

The Columbus Dispatch tells the story of two sisters who've inherited a rare genetic illness.

Researchers identified mutations present prior to allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation that coincided with MDS survival and relapse.

After six months of follow up, the costs of additional tests and consultations in the group receiving whole-genome sequencing were not significantly higher than in the control group.

The funding will, in part, support efforts to expand the project's catalog of functional elements and understand their roles in different contexts.

The results of the Harvard-led study suggest that the immune system struggles to infiltrate and attack tumors with more aneuploidy.

Mathais Lichterfeld of the Ragon Institute and Rushdy Ahmad of the Broad Institute will use high-throughput proteomics to find phosphorylation important to HIV replication.

By studying variants in PCSK9, researchers reported the therapies targeting the gene would have some of the same effects as statins.

Using exome sequence and phenotyping data for individuals from longitudinal population studies, investigators began parsing pathogenic mutation effects in the genes.

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The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is investing in Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's BioRxiv.

A study appearing in PLOS One finds that shortened consent forms don't affect clinical trial participants' understanding of the study.

The National Security Agency monitored signal intelligence for signs of "nefarious" genetic engineering projects, Gizmodo reports.

In Nature this week: barley genome sequenced, method for genotyping and phasing short tandem repeats, and more.