University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Most Genetic Counselors Encounter Discrepant Variant Classifications, Must Work Out Interpretations Premium While neither common nor rare, discrepant variant classification can affect the management of patient care, and there are efforts to improve interpretations. UTHealth Team Wins $2.6M Grant to Study Gene-Environment Interactions in Cocaine Use The researchers will analyze thousands of DNA samples to characterize the role of two specific environmental factors that interact with genetics in cocaine addiction. UTHealth Awarded $5.8M Grant for Cancer Bioinformatics Core With the funding, UTHealth's Wenjin Zheng will form the Data Science and Informatics Core for Cancer Research. Fluxion Bioscience, UTHealth Collaborate on Liquid Biopsy Development Both institutions aim to develop novel liquid biopsy approaches that would improve physicians' ability to diagnose, monitor, and treat cancer patients. Genomics in the Journals: 2013.06.20 An albino Western lowland gorilla nicknamed Snowflake was likely the product of inbreeding between wild gorillas, according to a genome sequencing study in BMC Genomics. Jul 9, 2012 Texas Medical Center Lands $20M CTSA Award Renewal May 6, 2010 UTHSCH is Tenth Early-Access Customer for Wafergen SmartChip Platform Premium Mar 31, 2010 Q&A: UTHSCH Core Lab Exploring Method for Using Cell Lysates in Real-Time PCR Premium Breaking News Pediatric Cardiomyopathy Exome Sequencing Study Suggests More Disease Genes to be Found People in the News: New Appointments at Helix, Pacific Biosciences, SomaLogic, More New Products Posted to GenomeWeb: Amoy Diagnostics, Akoya Biosciences, Congenica, Lucence In Brief This Week: BGI, Gencove, Cepheid, Biocartis, Biognosys, Co-Diagnostics, More Florida Lab Owner Pleads Guilty to $6.9M COVID-19 False Billing Scheme Pacific Biosciences Outlines Progress on Short-Read Sequencing at JPM, Partners With Canexia Health The Scan Close Panel Vote on Califf Nomination The New York Times reports there was a close committee vote to advance the nomination of Robert Califf to lead the US Food and Drug Administration to the full Senate. Task Force Reports on Scientific Integrity Nature News writes that that a new task force report recommends that the US establish a cross-agency scientific integrity council. Across the Hall Genetic testing, closed-circuit cameras, and more show how a traveler, without any contact, infected others at a New Zealand quarantine facility, CNN reports. Science Paper Examines Influence of Chromatin Modifications on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder In Science this week: genes regulating chromatin modification may contribute to OCD risk.