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OncoCyte provided additional details about the history of the Razor test, its timeline for making it commercially available, and plans for a follow-on study.

For a Breakthrough

Winners of this year's Breakthrough Prize in the life sciences include researchers who studied neurodegenerative disorders and protein folding.

Just a Snooze Needed

Researchers uncovered a variant in the β1-adrenergic receptor gene that appears to influence how much sleep someone needs, the New York Times reports.

The $10 million initiative will include scientists from the University of California's campuses, as well as from governmental and nongovernmental organizations.

The researchers identified genes that specifically extend the lifespan of neurons and found genes that increase the number of neurites in the brain.

The New York Times writes that genes may influence when people prefer to sleep.

Researchers sequenced edits made at 1,656 on-target genomic sites in primary human T cells and used the data to train the model.

The UCSF spinout aims to develop noninvasive tests to detect kidney injury for the transplantation field and to diagnose and monitor chronic disease.

Using brain samples from individuals with or without multiple sclerosis, researchers detected declining projection neuron levels and related immune cell shifts.

With funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Biohub will help implement metagenomic sequencing for infectious disease projects in 10 countries.

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A South African university has told the Wellcome Sanger Institute to return DNA samples it has from indigenous African communities, The Times reports.

The University of California, Berkeley's Rasmus Nielsen and Xinzhu Wei have retracted their CCR5 gene paper due to a technical artifact.

 

University of Virginia researchers are exploring a genetic risk test to gauge type 1 diabetes risk, NPR reports.

In PNAS this week: researchers compare two high-grade neuroendocrine lung cancers, height among ancient Europeans, and more.