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This article was originally posted March 29.
The annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology held last week in Chicago featured a number of pharmacogenomically guided studies related to treatments for cardiovascular disease.

This article has been updated to clarify funding sources for the investigators who won the awards.
By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

By Doug Macron
About a year and a half after its founding, siRNA delivery firm Qualiber has secured a $30,000 low-interest loan from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center to help it with non-scientific startup activities.

Scott Hammond
Associate professor, cell and developmental biology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

In a recent commentary in Genetics in Medicine, Jonathan Berg and co-authors outlined a binning scheme for classifying variants that are found incidentally during whole-genome sequencing in order to decide which ones to report back to patients.

Greece's Golden Helix Institute is the new hub for Eastern Europe in UNC's PGENI, an international initiative to make genetic risk data available and affordable by genotyping the populations of various countries.

Biosigma, Canon, Advanced Liquid Logic, Duke University, Qiagen, and others win US patents.

Bioclassifier has licensed to NanoString the rights to develop in vitro diagnostic and research products based on the so-called PAM50 gene signature and NanoString's nCounter platform. Meantime, ARUP Laboratories will next month launch a laboratory-developed qPCR test based on the signature.


23andMe is offering early customers re-testing on newer chips for a fee, Wired reports.

He Jiankui is no longer affiliated with Direct Genomics Biotechnology, the single molecule sequencing company he founded, Nikkei Asian Review reports.

Newsweek writes about the hopes for precision medicine in cancer, but also challenges getting it to patients.

In Genome Research this week: genomic architecture of glioblastoma, predictive computational approach to estimate SNP fitness, and more.