Caixin – In an apparent bid to appease a public overwhelmingly opposed to GMO crops, the Ministry of Agriculture has been putting pressure on local governments to crack down on the booming underground market for the seeds.
MIT Technology Review – In an effort to find targeted treatments for invasive types of breast cancer that don’t respond well to existing drugs, the Department of Defense announced this week that it is enlisting AI for drug discovery.
GenomeWeb - Many genetic syndromes come with characteristic facial traits and malformations, and doctors have been considering these for making diagnoses. Using facial recognition software, startup FDNA has developed a technology that allows this process to be automated.
MIT Technology Review – Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have said they plan to give away $3 billion over 10 years to fight disease, something that would make the couple the largest private funders of basic biology research after the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
KRTV - Initiative 181 would establish the Montana Biomedical Research Authority, a new state spending program to award research grants to further therapies and cures for brain diseases, brain injuries and mental illnesses including Multiple Sclerosis, addiction disorders, PTSD and depression.
NPR Shots - Just about every day, genetic counselor tries to convince new parents to give him a blood sample. Fayer is offering gene sequencing for newborns. It gives parents a tantalizing look at their baby's genetic information.
STAT News - Enthusiasm for precision medicine, from the White House down to everyday physicians, is at an all-time high. But serious problems with the databases used to interpret patients’ genetic profiles can lead to “inappropriate treatment” with “devastating consequences.”