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The report advises that although sequencing the genomes of infants can be appropriate in some specific cases, we shouldn’t implement large-scale programs to test healthy babies.

Part of the donation from the Hall Family Foundation and the Sunderland Foundationwill be used to expand the Center or Pediatric Genomic Medicine and to build a state-of-the-art genome center.

When it comes to fully enrolling infants in sequencing studies, parental enthusiasm sometimes seems to wane due to logistical considerations and privacy concerns. 

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As president and CEO of the Rady Pediatric Genomics and Systems Medicine Institute, Kingsmore will be working toward adopting genomics to transform pediatric care.

The researchers increased the test's sensitivity for nucleotide variants from less than 96 percent to 99.5 percent and reduced the time to provisional results from 50 hours to 26 hours.

The retrospective study, by researchers at Children's Mercy Kansas City, suggests the STAT-seq test has clinical utility in some patients.

The partners will collaborate on pediatric oncology research, with a goal of earning an NCI designation of Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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The study appears to be the only one of four that has launched 15 months after the awards were made, which may or may not be related to FDA oversight of the projects.

Researchers also plan to launch a prospective randomized clinical trial to test the effectiveness of whole-genome sequencing compared to the standard of care.

Children's Mercy Hospital is poised to update its rapid whole-genome sequencing protocol, known as STAT-seq, in an effort to bring the time needed for genome sequencing and analysis down to around 24 hours.

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Though many details have yet to be worked out, the draft deal for the UK's withdrawal from the EU is giving researchers some hints for what they can expect, Nature News says.

DNA testing has solved a 100-year-old mystery contained in the skull and teeth samples of a now-extinct monkey that once inhabited Jamaica, Gizmodo reports.

As the UN ponders a ban on gene drives, one malaria researcher says there are less dramatic ways to fight the disease in Africa than unleashing GM mosquitoes on a whole continent.

In Nature this week: an improved reference genome of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, genomes of four species of truffles, and more.