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IP Roundup: Sep 7, 2010

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"Most of the benefit of this program has already been had," said a UC Berkeley genetics professor after the California Department of Public Health limited the scope of the university's educational genetic testing project because it determined it was providing medical information.

Researchers involved in the CanMap Project genotyped nearly 1,000 wild and domestic dogs and explored how genetic variation corresponds to physical features in the animals.

"We have provided answers to an array of specific questions posed by committee staff who are working on AB 70," Mark Schlissel, UC Berkeley's dean of biological sciences, told Pharmacogenomics Reporter this week. "Personally, I do not believe that the State Legislature should be considering bills that would dictate aspects of the curriculum at its university system."

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Snyder directs the new Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine at Stanford, which aims to integrate genomic information with medicine. Large-scale genome sequencing will play an important role in the effort.

A Stanford University research team reported today that they have uncovered apparent connections between histone methylation, reproduction, and life span in C. elegans worms.

At the European Society of Human Genetics meeting in Sweden this weekend, researchers described their efforts to sequence and characterize African-American and Hispanic-Latino genomes.

The new center will combine biological and computational research to reconstruct molecular networks in the study of non-solid tumors, as well as establish resources for complex data analysis, and for education and outreach to Stanford's cancer research community.

The university will pilot a summer elective course on genetics that includes several precautionary measures to ensure that students don't feel coerced to participate. The incorporation of this course as a permanent program will depend on the success of this pilot, the university said.

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Gene editing could be an issue competitive sports need to address soon, four researchers from Arizona State University write at Slate.

A genetic alteration appears to increase heart failure risk among people of African descent, according to the Washington Post.

In his look back at the past decade, BuzzFeed News' Peter Aldhous writes that direct-to-consumer genetic testing has led to "Facebook for genes."

In Nature this week: genetic "clock" that can predict the lifespans of vertebrates, new assembler called wtdbg2, and more.