APOE3

By combining iPSCs, CRISPR gene editing, and transcriptomic approaches, researchers examined the effects of an Alzheimer's disease risk variant on brain cells.

Researchers sequenced the APOE gene in over 900 individuals, finding supporting evidence for the APOE2 allele's role in longevity and lower levels of lipids.

The "opt-in" model ensures that customers are aware of the risks and limitations of this potentially sensitive data, but some are questioning whether the direct-to-consumer model is the appropriate mechanism for delivering information on APOE status, even with additional precautions.

Takeda will study the type 2 diabetes drug Actos as an Alzheimer's prevention treatment with the help of Zinfandel Pharmaceuticals' TOMM40 test to gauge which older adults at high risk of disease onset should be enrolled in clinical trials.

Studies presented at an international conference this week suggest that TOMM40 genotyping could be a useful diagnostic strategy for predicting which healthy people with a family history of Alzheimer's will develop the disease early.

In a recent issue of The Pharmacogenomics Journal, a team led by Allen Roses, director of Duke University's Deane Drug Discovery Institute, published data from two independent study populations linking longer lengths of a polymorphic poly-T variant, rs10524523, with a higher risk of late-onset Alzheimer's disease. "This paper provides the data and the first opportunity for other research laboratories to test and validate the data," the study authors note.

Reuters reports that UK researchers are using gene-editing tools to develop flu-resistant chickens.

Nature calls for genomics to become part of the World Health Organization's cholera surveillance approach.

Vox explores a proposal to institute a lottery system to award grant funds.

In Genome Biology this week: gut microbiome study of individuals from Tanzania and Botswana, sixth version of the Network of Cancer Genes database, and more.