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In the effort to launch a new genomics certification program for doctors in personalized medicine, Topol recognized that doctors just need to be reminded why they got into medicine in the first place, and the intellectual challenge of genomic medicine itself can reignite that spark, he says.

Sam Levy recently joined the genomic medicine program at Scripps Health as director of genome sciences after seven years at the J. Craig Venter Institute. In Sequence spoke with Levy about his new job and his plans for human genome sequencing studies.

According to Quest, Scripps Health is "the first health system in the US to deploy this genetic testing service for coronary stent patients" receiving Plavix. The testing will initially be available for stent procedure patients presenting to Scripps Green Hospital in San Diego.

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The New York Times Magazine examines gender discrimination at the Salk Institute.

Science reports that MD Anderson Cancer Center has dismissed three researchers over foreign tie concerns.

A second death in gene therapy trial for type 1 spinal muscular atrophy is under investigation, according to Reuters.

In PLOS this week: antibiotic resistance patterns in Escherichia coli, a dozen genetic loci tied to varicose vein risk, and more.