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This iteration of the contest focused on stronger security for beacon queries, secure patient matching, and computing on encrypted genomes in the cloud.

The international team of researchers also examined the genetic ties between personality traits and psychiatric disorders.

Lifestyle Molecules

Researchers find that molecular traces obtained from people's phones can give a glimpse into their lifestyle, the Huffington Post reports.

When it comes to fully enrolling infants in sequencing studies, parental enthusiasm sometimes seems to wane due to logistical considerations and privacy concerns. 

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

The healthcare provider organizations are tasked with managing patient enrollment in the Precision Medicine Initiative.

The large-scale study is designed to advance personalized medicine for pancreatic cancer to help meet the organization's goal of doubling patient survival rates by 2020.

California researchers screened some 850 miRNAs to uncover one that inhibits growth in cancer cells with KRAS mutations, which are linked to poor survival.

The University of California, San Diego's Roger Tsien, who helped develop green fluorescent protein into a research tool, has died.

Mass spec-based analysis of CFS patients shows an analyte signature indicative of a stalled, underperforming metabolism, and could help diagnose the condition.

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In PLOS this week: nasal microbial communities in asthma patients; sequencing-based way to detect, track schistosomiasis; and more.

The New York Times speaks with Vanderbilt's John Anthony Capra about Neanderthal genes in modern humans.

A draft guidance from the FDA suggests the agency wants to more tightly control gene-edited animals, according to Technology Review.

Researchers were among this weekend's protesters bemoaning the new US administration, Vox reports.