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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.

Based on findings from the Whitehall II prospective study, a team of University College London researchers concluded that two non-genetic risk models more accurately predicted type 2 diabetes risk than a genetic model based on 20 risk alleles.

CEO Jaakko Pellosniemi told BioArray News week that the recent study might be able to give Mobidiag traction in a market where it is competing against an established technology.

The $800 million facility in central London is expected to open in 2014-2015, and will aim to foster collaborative research efforts employing a variety of genomics-related tools.

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The former commissioner of the FDA has returned to the venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates as a special partner on the healthcare investment team.

Astronauts have edited yeast genes on the International Space Station in an experiment designed to show how cells repair themselves in space.

Emory University has found that two of its researchers failed to divulge they had received funds from China, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

In Science this week: influence of the nuclear genome on human mitochondrial DNA, and more.