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It remains to be seen whether a market for PCR-based fragile X population screening will soon develop, since mandating newborn testing may be highly dependent on the development of a difference-making therapeutic; and carrier screening will likely continue to rely on a case-by-case cost-benefit analysis.

The Research Initiative in Newborn Screening program will give $2 million in 2011 to support studies of diseases that could potentially be addressed with more and enhanced newborn screening tools.

The sensitivity of real-time PCR-based testing of dried blood spots is too low to use the method as a routine test for CMV infection in newborns. Despite this, PCR testing of other bodily fluids such as saliva still holds promise for such a test.

Genetic Alliance, UTHSC, and others will create a newborn screening data center and resource using a $3.8 million grant.

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The US Patent and Trademark Office is opening another interference proceeding in the CRISPR patent fight.

There's increasing genetic evidence that a number of ancient hominins may have contributed to the human gene pool, according to Discover's The Crux blog.

The Japan News writes that Japan needs to seize the opportunity to ensure that a wide number of people benefit from personalized cancer treatments.

In Cell this week: messenger RNA expression and translation, RNA localization atlas, and more.