Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy

Duke University researchers developed the method to help identify candidate RT-qPCR control genes for their research comparing tissue-specific human and primate gene expression, but said the method may serve as a useful general tool for normalizing RT-qPCR experiments.

The university will use WaferGen's SmartChip system to validate SNPs associated with breast cancer.

NEJM last week published a quartet of perspectives offering a range of opinions on the value of GWAS and DTC testing, but two critical articles in particular caused financial analysts and the American news media to conclude that the perspectives could negatively impact companies that provide tools for these studies.

In Pursuit of a Great Idea

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Aravinda Chakravarti is one genomics trailblazer who has always kept a keen sense of history while carving out his own path. He's also a mentor who puts ideas ahead of data.

CNBC reports that Amazon invested in the startup Grail as it sees an opportunity for its cloud computing company in genomics.

Lawrence Krauss writes at Slate that science is needed for good public policy and should not be ignored.

Researchers are working on re-making the yeast genome from scratch, according to the Associated Press.

In Cell this week: functional profiling of Plasmodium genome, a self-inactivating rabies virus, and more.