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Genomind Genecept Assay

Genomind has launched a new, expanded version of its Genecept Assay, a pharmacogenetic test to help guide psychiatric treatment. The company has added eight more genes to its existing panel of 10, based on a meta-analysis of hundreds of published studies showing that variations in these genes can inform decisions for psychiatric treatment. The test now covers chronic pain and substance abuse, as well as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, autism and schizophrenia. It also covers more than 15 drug classes, 103 FDA-approved medications, and 97 percent of drugs used to treat depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, attention-deficit disorder, autism, and pain disorders.

The Scan

Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.

Gut Microbiomes Allow Bears to Grow to Similar Sizes Despite Differing Diets

Researchers in Scientific Reports find that the makeup of brown bears' gut microbiomes allows them to reach similar sizes even when feasting on different foods.

Finding Safe Harbor in the Human Genome

In Genome Biology, researchers present a new approach to identify genomic safe harbors where transgenes can be expressed without affecting host cell function.

New Data Point to Nuanced Relationship Between Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Lund University researchers in JAMA Psychiatry uncover overlapping genetic liabilities for major depression and bipolar disorder.