The Center for Personalized Diagnostics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine has launched two next-gen sequencing-based gene panels for cancer patients and is studying their utility compared to single-gene tests as well as exome and genome sequencing.

The center, founded last year, is a collaboration between the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, where it is currently housed, and UPenn's Abramson Cancer Center. Early this summer, the CPD will move into a larger space that will enable it to expand.

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Rare gene mutations are guiding the search for drugs to manage chronic pain without opioids, according to CNBC.

The new Francis Crick Institute building can get too noisy for some researchers to concentrate, according to the Guardian.

CBS News reports that there are still many vacancies at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, but that it's uncertain whether they will be filled.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: pipeline to analyze and visualize bacterial genomes, database of global set of human genomes, and more.