By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Cancer Research UK has launched a new initiative to fund studies that use genome and exome sequencing to pursue answers to questions that have snagged the research community.

The Genomics Initiative, funded by a CRUK Catalyst Club campaign that will total £10 million ($13.5 million), will fund nine sequencing-based investigations into the molecular underpinnings of a range of cancer types.

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A former Penn State Hershey Medical Center staffer has admitted to lying about skipping mandatory steps of genetic cancer tests he performed, the Associated Press reports.

The genome of a rare, red bat suggests that its effective population size has been in decline for thousands of years, according to a PLOS One study.

In Nature this week: investigation into the genetics of medulloblastoma, and more.

A project in the UK is to use genomic selection to speed spruce tree growth, according to Innovators Magazine.