University of Texas Health Science Center

The goal of the Texas team is to identify methylation signatures that can help with prognosis and be used to develop noninvasive tests to monitor disease progression.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Two new Nature studies by independent research groups catalogued and characterized the role that rare, protein-coding mutations or variants play in autism spectrum disorder.

Researchers from Rice University, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine, and the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio will program bio-nano-chips to find biomarkers for several forms of cancer, as well as HIV and heart disease.

The awards will support projects investigating the roles the small, non-coding RNAs play in cancer and asthma.

Genetic Alliance, UTHSC, and others will create a newborn screening data center and resource using a $3.8 million grant.

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies have offered to test families separated at the southern US border, but that raises ethical issues.

CNBC reports that confirming a positive result from 23andMe's BRCA health report can be expensive.

The New York Times reports on a project to develop a tree DNA database to uncover illegal logging.

In PLOS this week: links between gut microbiome and colorectal cancer mutations, targeted sequencing uncovers genetic susceptibilities to epilepsy in Koreans, and more.