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By Julia Karow
This is the first in a series of profiles of centers awarded grants under the NHGRI's new Clinical Sequencing Exploratory Research Project program. In our next issue, we plan to profile Brigham and Women's Hospital.

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and BGI are partnering to conduct large-scale sequencing and bioinformatics studies of rare and common pediatric diseases at a newly established Joint Genome Center at the hospital, the organizations said this week.

Researchers using exome sequencing to study ADHD found rare mutations they think may be causing a patient's anemia, raising the question of how to handle unrelated findings in sequencing studies.

Omicia, which co-developed VAAST with Mark Yandell’s group at the University of Utah, is now working on integrating the algorithm into a platform called the Genome Analysis System, which it plans to release commercially at the end of the third quarter.

By identifying inherited, rare copy number variants specific to families affected by autism spectrum disorders, researchers have identified several biological pathways that may contribute to the disease.

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Politico notes that the Biden Administration has not yet nominated a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner. 

Anthony Fauci also informed the World Health Organization executive board that the US would be joining the COVAX initiative, according to CNBC.

A new preprint suggests some SARS-CoV-2 variants could affect the effectiveness of current vaccines, the Associated Press reports.

In Nature this week: Australian lungfish provides details on the movement of vertebrate life from water to land, and more.