Has Veritas Genetics broken the $1,000 genome barrier?

“Yesterday Veritas Genetics announced that they could provide a $1,000 genome and interpretation, to patients through their partnership with the Personal Genome Project (PGP). PGP has more than 16,000 participants worldwide, whose genomes will contribute to research into personal genomics and precision medicine.”

FLG

New kid on the CRISPR block could simplify genome editing

“CRISPR/Cas9 has achieved an impressive amount for the three year old. Since the discovery of it’s genome-editing properties in 2012, scientists have already used it for everything from modifying crops to drug discovery. But every child star fears the newer, younger model, and this week one of the technique’s pioneers announced the discovery of a simpler, more effective alternative to the Cas9 enzyme. “

FLG

Scientists can now perform complete genome sequencing in 26 hours for emergencies

“Scientists have halved the amount of time it takes to perform genome sequence diagnoses in cases involving critically ill newborns. A new study published this week shows how physicians can diagnose genetic illnesses affecting babies in just 26 hours in emergency situations.”

Science Alert

New partners for 100,000 Genomes Project

“Genomics England has continued to expand the network of industry partners involved with the 100,000 Genomes Project. Today it was announced that Congenica and Omicia have been contracted to work on the interpretation of genomes from 8,000 patients.”

FLG

Human Genome Project: Twenty-five years of big biology

“The Human Genome Project, which launched a quarter of a century ago this week, still holds lessons for the consortium-based science it ushered in, say Eric D. Green, James D. Watson and Francis S. Collins.”

Nature

Human genome study reveals certain genes are less essential than previously thought

“The most comprehensive study of the human genome has discovered that a sizeable minority of people are walking around with some of their genes missing without any apparent ill-effects, scientists have found.”

The Independent