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NEW YORK (Genomeweb) — A study comprehensively analyzing the genomes of more than 1,500 neuroblastoma cases has better determined the prognostic significance of ALK mutations and other alterations in neuroblastoma, and has biochemically investigated many of these variants to determine which ones

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – In the American Journal of Human Genetics, researchers from three consortia report a prominent role for de novo mutations in epileptic encephalopathies.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A Children's Hospital of Philadelphia-led team has identified autism spectrum disorder-related changes in three interacting gene sets, spelling out details about the biological processes behind the neuropsychiatric conditions.

This article has been corrected to list all of the genes targeted by the assay. The previous version noted only one of them.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Penn Medicine/CHOP Friedreich's Ataxia Center of Excellence has been created with a $3.25 million gift from the Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) in partnership with the Hamilton and Finneran families.

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has begun offering next-gen sequencing-based HLA typing services internally.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – An international team of researchers has homed in on a novel gene variant linked to severe asthma in children, as it reported in Nature Genetics yesterday.

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has named Toumy Guettouche a senior scientist and director of sequencing within CHOP's Center for Applied Genomics. He reports to Hakon Hakonarson, who heads the center.

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The Washington Post reports that a Russian Academy of Sciences commission has led to the retraction of hundreds of scientific papers.

The Los Angeles Times' Daily Pilot reports the chief executive of Vantari Genetics has pleaded guilty in a kickback scheme.

News 4 Jax reports that a Florida bill to prevent life and long-term care insurers from using genetic information in their coverage decisions has easily passed one committee.

In Science this week: potentially pathogenic mutations found in hematopoietic stem cells from young healthy donors, and more.