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.

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies have offered to test families separated at the southern US border, but that raises ethical issues.

CNBC reports that confirming a positive result from 23andMe's BRCA health report can be expensive.

The New York Times reports on a project to develop a tree DNA database to uncover illegal logging.

In PLOS this week: links between gut microbiome and colorectal cancer mutations, targeted sequencing uncovers genetic susceptibilities to epilepsy in Koreans, and more.