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Saturation mutagenesis of the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum identified almost 2,700 essential genes during the blood stage of infection.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Office of Justice Programs' National Institute of Justice today announced the awarding the University of South Florida $423,528 to use DNA technology in the investigation of unidentified children whose bodies were found buried in unmarked graves.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The University of South Florida will use a $2.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to partner with Aetna and patient advocates to study how genetic testing for breast cancer risk can impact clinical decisions made by patients and doctors.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The University of South Florida plans to open a new genomics lab next week that will pursue cardiovascular disease studies and engage the participation of the region's large elderly population in personalized medicine studies.

Applied Biosystems (Life Technologies) has been issued US Patent No. 8,005,628, "Systems and methods for baseline correction using non-linear normalization."
Stephen Gunstream is named as inventor on the patent.

Although the Jackson Laboratory has pulled out, Sarasota Memorial Hospital and USF are continuing preliminary discussions to build a personalized healthcare facility.

BD, Life Technologies, the UK Secretary for the State of Defence, Roche Molecular Systems, and the University of South Florida awarded US patents.

Jackson Laboratory has reached an agreement to start a personalized medicine center with USF and other partners, but Sarasota County voters still need to approve the funding.

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Aetna will collaborate with the University of South Florida, Georgetown, and the American Cancer Society to study whether BRCA mutation tests are provided to the right women.

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A genome-wide association study highlights a potential role for hair follicles in acne risk, according to New Scientist.

Newsday reports that breast cancer genetic testing guidelines for are out of date and may miss individuals.

In Cell this week: gene editing-based strategy to screen for immune system regulators, ancient plague patterns, and more.

Publication of He Jiankui's work on gene-edited infants would raise ethical concerns for journals, Wired and others report.