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The Hospital for Sick Children and the Michael Smith Genome Sciences Center are conducting a whole-genome sequencing study of 1,000 pediatric brain cancer tumors.

The Centre for Applied Genomics (TCAG) at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto has reeled in C$5.1 million (US$5 million) from the Ontario Genomics Institute to support its operations, OGI said today.

Researchers from the Genome Institute of Singapore and elsewhere used a genome-wide RNA interference screen to find previously undetected genes involved in human embryonic stem cell regulatory networks.

US patents awarded to University of California, Hospital for Sick Children, Thermo Fisher, Fujifilm, Abbott, and Novartis.

The CNV assays are the latest effort by NanoString to ferret out new applications for its nCounter platform, which the company initially developed as an alternative to both qPCR and microarrays for gene expression studies.

An international consortium has identified rare copy number variants that are more common in individuals on the autism spectrum.

The studies surmise that multiplex PCR respiratory virus assays, such as those offered by EraGen, Seegene, Luminex, and Qiagen, perform as well or better than traditional fluorescent antibody tagging and cell culture methods at detecting respiratory viruses in clinical specimens.

The company's most recent deal to apply its technology for assay development is "part of a broad program we have embarked on to exploit our unique ability to apply mass spectrometry to FFPE tissue," a company official said.

A "unique aspect" of the project will be to couple SickKids' existing microarray-detected autism-related copy number variants with the smaller sequence-level variants detected by sequencing.

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CBS This Morning highlights recent Medicare fraud involving offers of genetic testing.

Researchers find that many cancer drugs in development don't work quite how their developers thought they did, as Discover's D-brief blog reports.

Mariya Gabriel, a Bulgarian politician, is to be the next European Union research commissioner, according to Science.

In Science this week: a survey indicates that US adults are more likely to support the agricultural use of gene drives if they target non-native species and if they are limited, and more.