GAPPNet

Despite a massive budget shortfall, Office of Public Health Genomics Director Muin Khoury will continue to press for government policies and initiatives that promote safe and effective genomic medicine products from a public health perspective.

CDC's GAPPNet has launched several new online resources for gathering information on available genomic technologies, including a searchable database of genomic applications and a new open-access journal that publishes evidence reviews and summary articles on the validity and utility of genetic tests.

Compared to previous personalized bills, HR 5440 includes much more toothy language about FDA regulatory muscle over companion tests. It would also create an Office of Personalized Healthcare to recommend which tests should be regulated and how personalized medicine products should be reimbursed, and form several committees to address translational challenges of personalized medicine.

The director of CDC's Office of Public Health Genomics detailed GAPPNet's plans to close the hole in translational research and discussed how "the stars are aligning" in healthcare reform to further drive the integration of genomics and personalized medicine into clinical practice.

Chinese state news agency Xinhua reports that a preliminary investigation has found He Jiankui performed his gene-editing work illegally.

John Mendelsohn, a former president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, has died, the New York Times reports.

Identical twins receive different estimates of ancestry from the same direct-to-consumer genetic testing firms, CBC reports.

In PNAS this week: chromosomal features of maize, adaptations in the vinous-throated parrotbill, and more.