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Push for Sequencing

Scientists in Canada are looking to the UK's plan to sequence children with rare conditions for inspiration, the National Post reports.

The Common Infrastructure for National Cohorts in Europe, Canada, and Africa (CINECA) project looks to harmonize ontologies and create an interoperability platform for global genomics research.

In PLOS this week: potential cystic fibrosis modifiers, potential kidney cancer survival signature, and more.

The team plans to launch an RNA-seq diagnostic test out of the SickKids clinical laboratory in one year to complement clinical exome sequencing.

The money is being provided under three Genome Canada funding competitions in partnership with the Canadian federal government and other groups.

Researchers found that diagnostic autism NGS panels offered by 21 clinical labs have very little overlap and are working to create a standardized gene list.

In Genome Biology this week: genome sequencing study of a wild cherry tree, transcriptomic analysis of a planarian model organism, and more.

The results suggest that some Ewing sarcomas could be detected earlier, when they are easier to treat.

A Canadian project aims to sequence the lynx and the snowshoe hare, according to CBC News.

The effort aims to sequence at least 150 animals, plants, and microbes selected for their potential benefits to Canada in the next three years.

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In PLOS this week: transcriptomic and genomic analysis of prostate cancer by ancestry, genes linked to liver function in Korean cohort, and more.

British Columbia is incorporating genomics into its tracking of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, Business in Vancouver reports.

An analysis by the Personalized Medicine Coalition finds that about a quarter of new drugs approved in 2019 by the US Food and Drug Administration were personalized medicines.

The governor of New York has proposed a five-year plan to study the genomes of people with or who are at high risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.