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Participants in the pilot will begin developing the capabilities required for the planned data commons, including making data transparent and interoperable.

The funding will support research examining the epigenomic effects of social experiences and how they relate to health disparities.

A pair of studies has uncovered additional loci and ancestry-specific variants that are associated with plasma lipid levels and coronary artery disease risk.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: disease network resource, database of epigenetic consequences of de novo mutations, and more.

The university is marshaling the expertise across all its schools in studying myriad factors that might contribute to opioid response, addiction, and abuse.

Verge is working with four academic institutions to create a broad resource for the translation of preclinical models of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis research.

The device allows researchers to track cancer growth for a longer period of time, enabling improved observations and analysis, according to the researchers.

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

As part of their MI-ONCOSEQ Program, Michigan researchers examined the mutational and transcriptional landscape of 500 metastatic tumors.

All the Plants

Plant researchers plan to sequence some 10,000 samples that represent the major plant clades, ScienceInsider reports.

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The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.

In Science this week: intellectual property experts argue patent battles such as the one over CRISPR are wasteful, and more.

Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.