Scripps Genomic Medicine

The R&D deal targets oncology and cardiovascular disease.

The study, which surveyed more than 2,000 people, found that the "results of a direct-to-consumer genomic risk test do not affect health-related behavior."

A survey primarily using Scripps employees and Navigenics test offering shows that 50 percent of DTC genomics test takers have concerns, but over 80 percent want to know risks even of non-preventable diseases.

"We are concentrating on two initial areas — diabetes and aging research," Eric Topol, chief academic officer of Scripps Health, said. "Diabetes PGx work is of vital interest to Scripps, Sanofi, and the public."

Under terms of the alliance, a Sanofi-aventis Group subsidiary will fund each year up to three Discovery Innovation Grants intended to offer flexible financing for innovative research proposals from investigators at a division of Scripps Health.

Dog DNA testing finds that some purebreds might not truly be purebreds, Inside Edition reports.

Mary Beckerle has returned as director of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, according to ScienceInsider.

Smithsonian Magazine reports that environmental DNA sampling can be used to track elusive organisms.

In Genome Research this week: repetitive satellite DNA in the fruit fly, transcriptome map assembly pipeline, and more.