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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.

Areas of concern are the recruitment of talented scientists, as well as retaining access to EU funding, European research collaborations, and clinical trials.

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Researchers describe a way to share data while keeping it secure, Agence France Presse reports.

In Science this week: genetic mutations typically associated with esophageal cancer are common in older, healthy individuals, and more.

India's Council of Scientific and Industrial Research has a new director-general, according to ScienceInsider.

A new study links more than a hundred genes to autism spectrum disorder, Discover's D-brief blog reports.