Genomics England

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.

Rare Answers

Sequencing is enabling the roots of some rare diseases to be determined, the Financial Times reports.

Congenica will use the proceeds to establish its presence in the US and China, where it will court not only clinical genetics labs, but specialists, academics, biotech, and pharma.

The company will use the proceeds from the round to invest in sales and marketing efforts for its Sapientia clinical genome analysis platform, as well as for R&D.


Berkeley researchers have engineered yeast to make the molecule behind the hoppy taste of beer, Quartz reports.

King's College London researchers examine the influence of school type and genetics on academic achievement.

FiveThirtyEight writes that most who take a direct-to-consumer BRCA1/2 genetic test won't learn much from it.

In Science this week: early life experience influence somatic variation in the genome, and more.