HudsonAlpha

AL.com reports Howard Jacob is leaving the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology after three years there.

The researchers will study brain samples from individuals with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and major depressive disorder.

The consortium aims to advance the use of genomics in the clinic, with a particular  focus on diverse and underserved patient populations.

The grant will fund a collaboration investigating whether genomic signatures and other biomarkers can be used in clinical diagnosis and monitoring of kidney cancer.

At the ACMG annual conference in Phoenix last week, several labs and companies discussed their efforts in healthy genome sequencing.

The number of institutions offering clinical exome or genome tests to healthy individuals keeps increasing, but the practice remains controversial among medical experts.

The Alabama Genomic Health Initiative aims to recruit participants from every county in the state and provide genomic analysis and interpretation free of charge. 

The funding will, in part, support efforts to expand the project's catalog of functional elements and understand their roles in different contexts.

In phase two of a program started last year, 30-year-old women and men in five Alabama counties will be able to get an NGS-based cancer screening test for free over the next year.

Researchers took two complementary approaches to assemble the Xenopus laevis genome — whole-genome and long-insert clone-based end sequencing.

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Technology Review reports that 2017 was the year of consumer genetic testing and that it could spur new analysis companies.

A phylogenetic analysis indicates two venomous Australian spiders are more closely related than thought, the International Business Times reports.

In Science this week: CRISPR-based approach for recording cellular events, and more.

A new company says it will analyze customers' genes to find them a suitable date, though Smithsonian magazine says the science behind it might be shaky.