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Myriad Genetics' Panexia Predictive Pancreatic Cancer Test

The company is planning to develop a new diagnostic test for early detection of pancreatic cancer by combining PALB2 gene mutations with mutations in the BRCA 2 gene and p16 genes, to which Myriad also holds exclusive rights under 10 issued US patents. The test is slated for launch in 2010.

John Mendelsohn, a former president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, has died, the New York Times reports.

Chinese state news agency Xinhua reports that a preliminary investigation has found He Jiankui performed his gene-editing work illegally.

Identical twins receive different estimates of ancestry from the same direct-to-consumer genetic testing firms, CBC reports.

In PNAS this week: chromosomal features of maize, adaptations in the vinous-throated parrotbill, and more.