Miami Herald: UN: Gene editing for human reproduction is ‘irresponsible’. “A panel convened by the World Health Organization said it would be ‘irresponsible’ for scientists to use gene editing for reproductive purposes, but stopped short of calling for a ban. The experts also called for the U.N. health agency to create a database of scientists working on gene editing.”
National Cancer Institute: BRCA Exchange aggregates data on thousands of BRCA variants to inform understanding of cancer risk. “A global resource that includes data on thousands of inherited variants in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes is available to the public. The BRCA Exchange was created through the BRCA Challenge, a long-term demonstration project initiated by the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) to enhance sharing of BRCA1 and BRCA2 data. The resource, available through a website and a new smartphone appExit Disclaimer, allows clinicians to review expert classifications of variants in these major cancer predisposition genes as part of their individual assessment of complex questions related to cancer prevention, screening, and intervention for high-risk patients.”
Scope Stanford: New algorithm could accelerate diagnosis of genetic diseases using clinical records. “In a continued effort to speed up the diagnostic process of severe genetic diseases, Stanford’s Gill Bejerano, PhD, and his colleagues have developed a new algorithm that can quickly locate important disease-related information within a patient’s medical record.”
Bloomberg: Scared Your DNA Is Exposed? Then Share It, Scientists Suggest. “A group of medical researchers have a counterintuitive proposal for shielding people’s most intimate personal data from prying eyes. Share more of it, they say. A lot more of it.” I thought security by obscurity didn’t work.
Quartz: Everyday people can now map their genomes and maybe keep their privacy. “For the first time, a company is offering a direct-to-consumer tool that can map out a person’s entire genome. The service, which is run by Nebula Genomics, is a double-edged sword, though. On the one hand it can help a person search through a broad array of their genetic code to find disease-related genes. On the other, the company faces the herculean task of carefully walking the ethical line around keeping people’s data private.”
EurekAlert: DICE: Immune cell atlas goes live . “Compare any two people’s DNA and you will find millions of points where their genetic codes differ. Now, scientists at La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI) are sharing a trove of data that will be critical for deciphering how this natural genetic variation shapes the immune system’s ability to protect our health.”
Firstpost: Researchers Make A Massive Map Of Changes That Our Brain Undergoes As An Infant. “Researchers from the St Jude’s Childrens’ Hospital have compiled a huge database with the many genetic changes that brain cells undergo as an embryo, and in the months immediately following birth.The findings from the study were published on 14 September in the journal Current Biology.The researchers isolated thousands of brain cells from a mouse model for the study.”