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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.

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.


The Hill reports President Donald Trump issued an executive directing federal agencies to cut the number of board and advisory committees they have.

The New York Times reports that researchers are combining tools to more quickly develop crops to feed a growing population and cope with shifting climates.

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

In PNAS this week: copy number changes arose during polar bear evolution, genomic and transcriptomic analysis of the Siberian hamster, and more.