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Researchers used a variety of bioinformatics tools to crunch data from nearly two-dozen gene expression studies of colorectal cancer, identifying pathways that are enriched in past prognostic studies of the disease.

By comparing DNA methylation patterns in the genomes of non-smokers, past smokers, and current smokers, German researchers have tracked down a blood coagulation gene that's differentially methylated depending on smoking behavior.

The work is part of a larger effort that aims to sequence the transcriptomes and whole genomes of up to 100 prostate cancer tumors.

The tumor cell genome of 250 prostate cancer patients ages 50 and younger will be compared with gene sequences from healthy cells to uncover gene mutations that can cause and promote prostate cancer, and ultimately to create a map of all genetic modifications involving prostate cancer.

DKFZ says it wants to implement new programs in cancer stem cell research, cancer genome sequencing, neuro-oncology, and cancer epidemiology.

The collaboration is based on the German Cancer Research Center's findings that suggest that RNA biomarkers in human papillomavirus- infected cells can be used for the "highly accurate" discrimination of cervical cancer and high-grade from low-grade cervical lesions.

The partners said that the new center will be the largest sequencing facility in Germany and the first national sequencing center in Europe dedicated to systems biology.

Febit plans to debut the method at Cambridge Healthtech Institute's Next-Generation Sequencing conference in San Diego next month.

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A letter criticizing actions by the US government and research institutions toward Chinese and Chinese-American scientists has garnered more than a hundred signatories.

NPR reports that researchers in New York are investigating whether it is possible to edit the genomes of human sperm.

In an opinion piece at the Nation, Sarah Lawrence College's Laura Hercher argues that everyone should be able to access prenatal genetic testing.

In Nature this week: ancient DNA uncovers presence of Mediterranean migrants at a Himalayan lake, and more.