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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Children born to older fathers tend to have more de novo mutations in their genomes than those with younger dads, according to a study by researchers at Decode Genetics, the University of Iceland, and Illumina Cambridge.

"When we started to look at variation in mutation rates in the population, about 97 percent of it is accounted for by the age of the father," senior author Kari Stefansson, Decode's founder and CEO and a researcher with the University of Iceland, told GenomeWeb Daily News.

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Jun
19
Sponsored by
Roche

This webinar will discuss cell-free DNA prenatal screening in the era of genome-wide sequencing and factors influencing the clinical utility of expanded noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT) menus.

Jul
23
Sponsored by
Qiagen

This webinar will discuss how the Molecular Pathology Laboratory at the University of Oklahoma (OUMP) is using a new quality improvement model to support molecular testing of oncology patients. 

Jul
30
Sponsored by
Mission Bio

This webinar will outline a project that performs large-scale and integrative single-cell genome and transcriptome profiling of pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) cases at diagnosis, during drug treatment, and in case of relapse.