Meeting May 16, 2018

Genes and Society in the News: 

  • An article was published on the work of Broad Institute and MGH researchers to develop a risk score for early heart attack by monitoring 6.6 million common polymorphisms. The idea is to take advantage of GWAS studies that identify many loci potentially involved with a disease and use them to develop a score than can be used for prediction. This is an important change to the usual assumption that the genome project would be useful to identify single gene predictors of disease.
  • Several recent articles point out the limits to ancestry testing because of the uneven distribution of sources of data in the databases used.

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