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Genomenon Mastermind

Genomenon has launched Mastermind, an analytic and data visualization tool that accelerates gene and variant curation. The software mines millions of medical publications and delivers a comprehensive knowledge base of disease-gene-variant relationships curated from primary medical literature, organized into clinical categories, and prioritized by the strength of evidence, the company said. Mastermind has reviewed literature and found associated variants for all the genes from Thermo Fisher Scientific's Ion AmpliSeq comprehensive cancer panel; Illumina's TruSight Tumor 170 solid tumor cancer panel; Thermo Fisher's and Fulgent's hereditary cancer panels; and Thermo Fisher's, Illumina's, and Fulgent's cardiomyopathy panels.

The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.