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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Horizon Discovery said today it has entered into a research collaboration covering gene editing with the Institute of Neurology, University College London.

An international effort using SNP genotyping chips to study the genetics of cholesterol and other blood lipids has turned up 21 new gene variants associated with lipid levels.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Researchers in four European countries will use a €6 million ($7.5 million) grant to develop molecular diagnostic testing technology to accelerate diagnosis of respiratory tract infections, such as pneumonia, the European Commission said yesterday.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – At least three historical migrations from Asia introduced the ancestors of Native Americans to the Americas, according to a new study in Nature, though migrants from the first of these waves made the most pronounced genetic contributions to present-day Native

The researchers aim to find rearrangements in the small amounts of DNA that leak out from the bone cancer into the bloodstream.

The goal of the project is two-fold: the exome sequencing portion of the study will look for genes that underlie the genesis of the disease, while whole-genome sequencing of patients' plasma will be used to look for patient-specific rearrangements that could be used as the basis for a test.

BD will use UCL's biobanks of more than 200,000 patient samples to develop and validate biomarker assays.

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NPR reports that the patient who underwent a CRISPR-based treatment for sickle cell disease is doing well.

Resistance to ash dieback disease among some UK ash trees appears polygenic, the Independent reports.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: sequencing strategy for flash-frozen brain tissue bank samples, new version of ChlamDB, and more.

A UK woman is suing three National Health Service Trusts for not telling her about her father's Huntington's disease diagnosis, the BBC reports.