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The groups will conduct a study evaluating the benefits of targeted next-generation sequencing in the diagnosis and care of infants with genetic disorders.

Tufts University researchers found a role for miRNA in transmitting stress between generations, the Economist reports.

Using an immunoassay as an initial screening tool saved approximately $36,000 over multiplex PCR panel use alone when performed in a period of high flu prevalence.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: mouse model of genetically induced emphysema, gene expression signatures of circulating melanoma cells, and more.

In Genome Research this week: approach for profiling complex genomic rearrangements, sex-biased microRNA expression, and more.

Sourdough-ome

Researchers are using sourdough starter to get a glimpse into the factors and processes that influence the microbiome, NPR reports.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: improved method for determining RNA structure, approach for detecting microRNAs digitally, and more.

Researchers unearth instances of horizontal gene transfer between bacteria used in making cheese, New Scientist reports.

Tufts scientists and their colleagues called for steps to ensure that disadvantaged groups benefit from genetically based diagnoses and treatments.

Metabolon will work with Johns Hopkins University and Tufts Medical Center to develop and clinically validate the new blood-based diagnostic.

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Bloomberg reports that the DNA-for-cash deal reported in Kentucky might be a more widespread scam.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have treated infants with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency using gene therapy in an early phase study.

St. Louis Public Radio reports that some African Americans are turning to DNA ancestry testing to help guide genealogical searches.

In Nature this week: a genomic analysis of the snailfish Pseudoliparis swirei, ancient DNA analysis gives insight into the introduction of farming to England, and more.