University of Maryland Variant Identified in Amish Population Appears to Protect From Cardiovascular Disease A rare missense variant in the enzyme-coding gene B4GALT1 is linked to lower coronary artery disease risk and reduced blood LDL cholesterol levels. RNA Disease Diagnostics Licenses RNA Lateral Flow Tech for At-Home SARS-CoV-2 Test The company said the technology does not require nucleic acid amplification or isolation and can detect SARS-CoV-2 as effectively as PCR-based methods. National Disease Research Interchange, Collaborators Win $12.5M NIH Grant for Biospecimen Effort The partners will use the funds to secure pediatric biospecimens for the developmental Genotype-Tissue Expression project. Novel CRISPR-Cas12a Orthologs Expand Gene Editing Toolkit for Plants Premium Researchers screened nine orthologs that had not been tried in plants before and identified six that possessed high editing activity in rice. RNA Disease Diagnostics to Develop Point-of-Care Coronavirus Test With Newly Licensed Tech The company said it intends to use the technology to develop infectious disease diagnostics, with an initial focus on SARS-CoV-2. Feb 26, 2020 Researchers Assemble Comprehensive Vaginal Microbiome Gene Catalog Aug 27, 2019 NHGRI Awards $3M Under Genomic Innovator Program Jul 23, 2019 Cancer Survival, Drug Response Influenced by Coexpression of Gene Pairs Apr 5, 2019 U of Maryland Institute for Genome Sciences Wins $17.5M NIH Grant Mar 22, 2019 Spontaneous Preterm Birth Clues Identified in Cervicovaginal Microbiome Nov 8, 2018 Bacterial Classification Could Be Compromised as RefSeq Database Grows Premium Oct 26, 2018 New Zika Genomes From African, Asian Lineages Document Virus' Population Diversity Aug 31, 2018 NSF Awards $10M in EDGE Program Grants Jun 27, 2018 Peruvian Genome Project Sheds Light on Native American Population History Nov 6, 2017 NIH Awards $9M in Funding to Support Data Commons Pilot Phase Oct 24, 2017 NIH Announces BRAIN Initiative Grants for 2017 Jun 13, 2017 Cellth Systems Licenses CTC Technology From University of Maryland Apr 20, 2017 Rare Variants Linked to Cancer Using New Statistical Approach Oct 12, 2016 African-Ancestry Populations Harbor Genetic Variation, Differences Not Seen in Genomic Databases Oct 5, 2016 Quantitative PCR Gives New Insights on Large Study of Childhood Diarrhea in Africa, Asia Premium Apr 26, 2016 Fecal Transplant Stool Banks Face Potential Regulatory Changes; May Affect Physicians, Patients Premium Apr 6, 2016 UMD School of Public Health to Use CosmosID Tech in Food Crop Irrigation Project Sep 10, 2015 NIH Awards $1.8M Grant to Develop Genomic Data Visualization Tools May 6, 2015 Biomecite Diagnostics Options Molecular IBD Test Tech from UM Baltimore Jan 26, 2015 U of Maryland-led Statistical Study Points to Co-evolution of Plasmodium Parasite, Mammalian Hosts Premium Load More Breaking News 23andMe Study Associates Gene Locus With COVID-19-Related Loss of Smell, Taste NHS, Genomics PLC to Integrate Polygenic Risk Scores With Traditional Cardiovascular Risk Factors Canary Molecular POC SARS-CoV-2 Test Nabs CE Mark Sema4 to Acquire GeneDx for $623M Nightingale Health to Acquire Genetic Testing Firm Negen PreOmics Closes €13.5M Series B Financing Round The Scan University of Michigan President Fired Mark Schlissel, the president of the University of Michigan, has been fired after an investigation into allegations he had an affair with a subordinate, the Washington Post reports. Recommendation to Drop Charges The Wall Street Journal says federal prosecutors recommended charges against MIT's Gang Chen, who was caught up by the China Initiative, be dropped. Mix 'Em Together The Guardian reports Moderna is planning to have a combination SARS-CoV-2, influenza, and RSV vaccine by the 2023 flu season. PNAS Papers on Earth BioGenome Project, SETX Knockouts, Pig Model of Cystic Fibrosis In PNAS this week: Earth BioGenome Project reports progress, analysis of cells missing the progressive neurodegenerative disease-linked SETX gene, and more.