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Regeneron will sequence and annotate 450,000 exomes and pair the data with UCHealth patient records to advance drug discovery and precision medicine.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: prostate cancer drugs' effect on androgen receptors, approach to gauge effects of epigenetic drugs, and more.

The precision medicine center at Colorado's UCHealth expects to add 100,000 participants annually and have 17 drug-gene pairs for pharmacogenomics this year. 

A preliminary analysis lends some support to covering NIPS for pregnancies beyond high-risk, and some payors have expanded coverage.  

 

In PLOS this week: missense variant linked to hereditary leukodystrophy in dogs, genetic variants associated with drug-induced interstitial lung disease, and more.

Wired reports that genetic variants may influence the effectiveness of hormonal birth control among some women.

These loci include a known asthma locus at 17q12-q21, but also loci at 8p23 and 8q24 that could be specific to asthma risk among individuals of African ancestry.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: updated Aspergillus niger genome annotation, high-throughput sequencing strategy for profiling RNA structure, and more.

Researchers used exome data for more than 123,000 individuals to map "constrained coding regions," where disease-related variants are over-represented.

Biodesix will work with university researchers on an assay to help identify non-small cell lung cancer patients likely to respond to certain immunotherapies.

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The Washington Post reports on researchers' efforts to determine the effect of an increasingly common SARS-CoV-2 mutation.

Florida Politics reports Florida's law barring life, long-term care, and disability insurers from using genetic information in coverage decisions went into effect at the beginning of July.

A new analysis finds a link between popular media coverage of a scientific study and how often that paper is cited.

In Nature this week: CRISPR approaches to editing plant genomes, way to speed up DNA-PAINT, and more.