University of Pittsburgh

The test was developed by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and is marketed in partnership with Sonic Healthcare.

Diabetes Respite

University of Pittsburgh-led team finds that gene therapy could treat mice with type 1 diabetes for a few months, the Los Angeles Times reports.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: effect of human genetic variation on CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing, expression profiles of breast cancer, and more.

Oh, the Earlobe

Having free-hanging or attached earlobes might be the work of some 49 different genes, according to a new study.

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

The seven-gene NGS-based test is available for patients who are found to have pancreatic cysts, and can help physicians decide whether to remove them. 

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: bacteriophage evolution varies based on host, lifestyle, and genetic factors; and more.

Through prospective pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma testing, researchers saw germline mutations in new genes and in cases outside of current germline testing criteria.

The researchers noted that the results "highlight the great potential of nanopore sequencing to analyze broad microbial community trends."

The organizations in the consortium will identify, characterize, and catalog human biological molecules affected by physical activity in volunteer biosamples.


Under a proposed spending bill, the US National Institutes of Health would see an additional $3 billion in funding.

Researchers from the University of Oxford and the University of Sydney sequenced numerous platypus genomes to study their population history.

Robert Redfield, the new pick to lead the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has faced criticism for some of his work.

In Nature this week: sequenced genomes of five additional Neanderthals, and more.