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The university said students will learn how to analyze, evaluate, and interpret the genetic data, the limitations of existing technologies, and the legal and ethical issues surrounding personal genotyping.

Stanford says the center will build on research from the sequencing of the genome of bioengineering professor Stephen Quake, as well as draw on collaborations between Stanford's basic scientists and clinical researchers, and on technologies developed in Silicon Valley.

Despite criticism, UC Berkeley shows no signs of halting its proposed plans to genetically test incoming freshman this fall. Although UC Berkeley is the first to attempt to roll out genetic testing within its student body, other campuses around the country are planning similar projects.

For early adopters, there are many reasons to be excited about the potential of whole-genome sequencing to broadly personalize healthcare. But for some public health observers, the analytical and educational challenges present an overwhelming hurdle.

Researchers from Stanford and Harvard Universities reported today that they have scoured an individual's whole-genome sequence for clinically useful information.

The company announced the new offering, which uses the Amazon cloud infrastructure to analyze and store data, at the annual Bio-IT World Conference and Expo, where a number of speakers debated the pros and cons of cloud-based bioinformatics options.

The study used Life Tech's real-time PCR assays for measuring non-coding RNA expression, representing the first major published validation of the technology since it was launched earlier this year.

IP Roundup: Apr 20, 2010


Agilent Technologies, Stanford University, Boston University, UAB Research Foundation, Illumina, Population Diagnostics

Andreas Sundquist, Arend Sidow, Serafim Batzoglou, Jeff Heer, Rick Myers, Gavin Sherlock, Mike Snyder

A recent paper describes the use of DNATwist — a web-based educational tool that teaches about pharmacogenomics topics — in two groups of advanced placement biology students in California.


In a cartoon, Vox explores the lack of women among this year's winners of the Nobel Prize.

Science reports a new US defense bill would establish two groups aimed at combating foreign influence on research. 

Nature Biotechnology discusses promising early results from two clinical trials of CRISPR-based therapy for β-thalassemia and sickle cell disease.

In Cell this week: analysis of tissue clones, metagenomic studies of ocean water samples, and more.