NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The Parkinson's Foundation (PF) said last week that it will begin a country-wide program called the Genetic Initiative in order to offer free genetic testing to individuals with Parkinson's disease, as well as family members who have a potential genetic risk for the condition.

By collecting the patients' genetic information in a larger database, the foundation hopes to connect families with genetic counseling and clinical trials, as well as further understand the genetics that may cause Parkinson's.

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

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

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.

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