Genomics England

The analytics firm formerly known as Quintiles IMS will offer researchers secure access to Genomics England's de-identified databases in pursuit of precision medicine.

Making It Routine

The Guardian reports that England's National Health Service is to offer routine genomic medicine starting in October.

Diagnostic WGS will be centralized and performed at the same Genomics England facility used in the 100,000 Genomes Project.

Genomics England, which runs the UK's 100,000 Genomes Project, has tapped Edico to reprocess thousands of whole genomes for diagnosing rare diseases.

As of this week, the project had sequenced 39,500 genomes and returned reports for about 3,000 rare disease families and more than 600 cancer patients.

Fabric disclosed partnerships with Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine, the Utah Genome Project, and Genomics England's 100,000 Genomes Project.

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.

A life sciences industrial strategy out this week provided long-term guidance for supporting and enhancing growth in the sector in the UK.

Illumina's BaseSpace Variant Interpreter encompasses standards for analysis and interpretation developed under a partnership between the firm and Genomics England.

Core elements of the new program include integrating genomic data into electronic medical records and the establishment of a national genome center.

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The United Nations is to consider a ban on field testing gene drives at a meeting being held next week, Technology Review reports.

The Associated Press reports that gene-edited food may soon be for sale.

The US Department of Health and Human Services is beginning a series of meetings on human fetal tissue research, Stat News reports.

In Cell this week: epigenetic change linked to glioblastomas, rare and low-frequency variants contributing to multiple sclerosis risk, and more.