ELIXIR

Called GA4GH Connect, it calls on the alliance's 500-plus members to develop new data sharing standards for use in major international genomic data initiatives.

Objectives for this year include building a network of ELIXIR beacons, developing new features and security measures, and partnering with data owners.

The European Union is ponying up €19 million to support ELIXIR implementation through a four-year program that starts in September.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Italy has signed up to be a partner in the European Life-science Infrastructure for Biological Information (ELIXIR) project, an effort to create a hub to house and share genomic, proteomic, and other biological research information across Europe.

ELIXIR is led by the European Bioinformatics Institute and kicked off last year with €4.5 million ($6.3 million) in funding from the European Commission.

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Alnylam's RNAi-based therapy Onpattro, according to Stat News.

Harvard Medical School's Seth Cassel and Cigall Kadoch argue in a Baltimore Sun op-ed that the recent TAILORx trial shows the potential of genomic-based medicine.

Researchers in the UK are working on using gene drives to control malaria-carrying mosquitoes, the Telegraph reports.

In PLOS this week: genetic architecture mediating gene expression, metabolomic patterns in multiple myeloma, and more.