McGill University

The effort aims to sequence at least 150 animals, plants, and microbes selected for their potential benefits to Canada in the next three years.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: tick salivary transcriptome, genetic risk scores for type 1 diabetes, and more.

Partnering with researchers at McGill University, the Johns Hopkins team that developed the method has now demonstrated its power in a much larger group of patients.

Genome Canada and its partners recently funded two new initiatives with C$255 that will back precision medicine, genomics, and technology development.

Stat News reports that researchers are not good at predicting whether a clinical trial will be successful.

In a study of nearly 45,000 people, researchers found that two variants in LPA each increase aortic stenosis risk by about a third, and about twofold in combination.

A study of gene expression data from 173 breast cancer patients identified subtype-specific associations between molecular processes in tumor and blood cells. 

Bit Too Confident

PLOS Biology study finds that cancer researchers tend to overestimate the extent to which preclinical studies may be reproducible.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: MicrobiomeAnalyst, Cancer PanorOmics, and more

One speaker cited the success of screening Ashkenazi Jewish women for BRCA mutations, but another said extending testing to a wider population could be harder.

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The Associated Press reports that the US government wasted $341,000 on travel by former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Women who post YouTube science videos get more critical comments and more comments about their appearance than male video hosts, the New York Times reports.

The Wall Street Journal writes that participating in genetic research brings up the specter of past research ethics lapses for some African Americans.

In PLOS this week: sequences influencing yeast prion aggregation or degradation, dengue virus genetic variants affect transmission dynamics, and more.