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Vela Genomics NGS Clinical Interpretation and Reporting

Vela Genomics, a subsidiary of Vela Diagnostics, has launched TheraKey, a cloud-based, HIPAA-compliant, next-generation sequencing clinical interpretation and reporting solution. The TheraKey database includes somatic cancer mutations in more than 800 genes, sourced from approximately 220,000 clinical trials for about 2,000 cancer drugs. It also offers natural language processing to facilitate reporting of actionable treatments, including off-label, investigational, and combination therapies for specific diseases or gene variants. The firm will also offer TheraKey as part of its Sentosa NGS workflow for Oncology.

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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.