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Led by researchers at BBMRI-ERIC, the effort intends to clarify how entities should share data, including genomics information, across institutions and countries.

Participants aim to use predictive modeling to better understand epigenetic mechanisms, while encouraging the development of new technologies and therapies.

Seventeen European countries have signed a declaration to have a million genomes sequenced and shareable by 2022.

The Israeli firm recently announced the results of a multicenter study of its Bladder EpiCheck test in addition to netting €2.5 million in EU funding to develop a lung cancer assay.

The test uses changes in DNA methylation patterns for the early detection of lung cancer and is based on the same platform as the firm's bladder cancer test.

The grant money will be provided through the EC's Horizon 2020 European Innovation Council program and Bpifrance's innovation development programs.

Backed by €19 million in EU funding, the initiative, called BigData@Heart, will create a research platform that could change the way cardiovascular diseases are diagnosed and treated.

The grant is being provided under the European Commission's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framework program.

Fotis Kafatos Dies

Fotis Kafatos, the founding president of the European Research Council, has died, according to the Associated Press.

Companies are now expected to have their tests cleared by authorities for clinical use, and to bring their entire catalogs into line with the new regulations by May 2022.

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Bloomberg reports that the DNA-for-cash deal reported in Kentucky might be a more widespread scam.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have treated infants with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency using gene therapy in an early phase study.

St. Louis Public Radio reports that some African Americans are turning to DNA ancestry testing to help guide genealogical searches.

In Nature this week: a genomic analysis of the snailfish Pseudoliparis swirei, ancient DNA analysis gives insight into the introduction of farming to England, and more.