NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – While health and wellness may eventually prove to be the most lucrative opportunity for consumer genomics companies, ancestry testing remains the leading market segment, with roughly 6 million people tested to date by players like 23andMe, AncestryDNA, Family Tree DNA, National Geographic, and others.

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The New York City medical examiner is overseeing an effort to identify missing persons using DNA, according to the Associated Press.

Nobel laureate Günter Blobel has died at 81, the New York Times reports.

In PNAS this week: mouse model of genetically induced emphysema, gene expression signatures of circulating melanoma cells, and more.

Technology Review reports that 2017 was the year of consumer genetic testing and that it could spur new analysis companies.

Feb
22
Sponsored by
SeraCare

This webinar will walk through key considerations and helpful guidelines to accelerate next-generation sequencing (NGS)-based clinical genomics assay validation for less money and greater confidence in results.

Feb
27
Sponsored by
Congenica

In this webinar, Jill Viles, an Iowa mother with no clinical training, shares her story of how she self-diagnosed her rare condition, a muscle-wasting disease caused by a mutation in the LMNA gene. She will also discuss how she discovered that a mutation in the same gene is the underlying cause for the excess muscle phenotype exhibited by Canadian Olympic hurdler Priscilla Lopes-Schliep. 

Mar
08
Sponsored by
Swift Biosciences

This webinar will discuss an optimized protocol for methyl-CpG binding domain sequencing (MBD-seq), which enables comprehensive, adequately powered, and cost-effective large-scale methylome-wide association studies (MWAS) of almost all 28 million CpG sites in the genome.

Mar
13
Sponsored by
Agilent

This webinar will share how clinical genetics labs can integrate cytogenetics and molecular data to assess abnormalities using a single sample on a single workflow platform.