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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Bioinformatics and data analysis firm BioRealm said on Wednesday it has received a Small Business Innovation Research contract from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to develop a genetic screening tool for tobacco addiction and treatment approaches.

The project will offer "a novel resource for the world of health science research by providing scientists with high quality, genome-wide data on a large and diverse population," the partners said.

A 23andMe and Parkinson's Institute team has tracked down two new risk loci for Parkinson's disease and verified many more through a web-based genome-wide association study involving more than 3,400 cases and nearly 30,000 controls.

Tristan Orpin, Illumina's chief commercial officer, said this week that the added flexibility of the iSelect custom genotyping offering will allow the firm to reach more customers doing human health and ag-bio research.

By comparing the genetic mutations and rearrangements in primary tumors and metastases within and between individuals, research teams from the US and UK are learning more about how pancreatic cancer develops and spreads.

Researchers involved in the CanMap Project genotyped nearly 1,000 wild and domestic dogs and explored how genetic variation corresponds to physical features in the animals.

Based on genotype data for 14 Jewish and 69 non-Jewish populations, an international research group suggests most modern-day Jewish populations originated from the Levant region of the Middle East.

To make up for the "lumpiness" of the market for genome-wide association studies, Affy will focus on applications that are downstream from GWAS, particularly in validation and routine testing, according to President and CEO Kevin King, who also shed some light on Affy's recent decision to sell its Clinical Services Laboratory to Navigenics.


New analyses indicate the P.1 variant found in Brazil may be able to infect people who have already had COVID-19, the New York Times reports.

According to CNBC, Novavax's CEO says its vaccine could be authorized in the US as early as May.

The US National Institutes of Health has a new initiative to address structural racism in biomedical research.

In PNAS this week: GWAS of TLV-1-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis, analysis of twins with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and more.