University Medical Center Utrecht

The new European initiative promises to deliver multiple new tests and methods for improving the treatment of breast cancer and rectal cancer.

Philips and its partners aim to combine liquid biopsy with magnetic resonance imaging to enable personalized cancer treatment.

Backed by €19 million in EU funding, the initiative, called BigData@Heart, will create a research platform that could change the way cardiovascular diseases are diagnosed and treated.

In Genome Research this week: computational method for detecting repeat expansions, approach to find mosaic structural changes, and more.

The researchers particularly highlighted C21orf2 and NEK1, which are involved in cilial and mitochondrial function.

While unsolicited germline findings in cancer patients were rare, they made the researchers reevaluate their pre-test counseling, informed consent, and reporting process.

Using whole-exome sequencing early in the diagnostic process could save $3,500 on average in patients who obtain a diagnosis from it and $1,700 in patients who do not.

The University Medical Center Utrecht researchers' epigenomic analysis of primate brains uncovered human-specific cis gene-regulatory changes.

Researchers from the University Medical Center Utrecht reported that complex chromosome rearrangements in healthy mothers could lead to gene-dosage changes in their children.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A group of Dutch-led research partners will use a €1.2 million ($1.5 million) grant awarded under a collaboration with Stand Up 2 Cancer (SU2C) to fund a genomics-based project seeking to use tumor profiles to predict patient response to cancer treatments.

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An Australian-led team has generated a draft genome assembly of the invasive cane toad in hopes it will help in population control, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense has implemented about half the recommendations made to improve safe handling of dangerous agents.

In PLOS this week: approach for teasing out archaic introgression in human genomes, immune transcription features in HCV infection, and more.

Stat News reports that Maryland is promoting itself to the biotech industry with a mobile billboard.