Targeted sequencing on isolates collected in Saudi Arabia led to 16 rare, non-tuberculosis Mycobacterium species from individuals with lung or other infections.
In a cohort of some 300 people with intellectual disability, a genomic approach offered a likely diagnosis some 60 percent of the time.
Along with known contributors to thyroid cancer, researchers detected mutations that were associated with aggressive cases and metastasis.
The Saudi Arabian research team analyzed the autozygomes and exomes of 31 families and found a strong candidate variant in 90 percent of them.
Researchers in Saudi Arabia sequenced the exomes of women having trouble conceiving and found a mutation that appears to halt early embryonic development.
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen also contributed to brain research, NPR reports.
The New York Times reports on the shifting interpretations of what some genetic variants mean over time.
In Cell this week: investigation of metastatic tumor evolution, more than 16,000 genetic variants introduced into the budding yeast model organism, and more.
MIT's Technology Review reports on Genentech's pursuit of personalized cancer vaccines.