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Timeline of events: A brief history of what made news this year

Timeline of events: A brief history of what made news this year

This year has proven to be a veritable cliff-hanger for the world of biomedicine. At the same time that the US government stands poised on the brink of the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’, pharmaceutical companies are stumbling with the industry’s ‘patent cliff’ and academic researchers face the looming ‘funding cliff’. But not everything in 2012 was so dire, with dozens of new drugs to hit worldwide markets and countless discoveries made to enable the next generation of medicines. What follows are a set of ‘Cliff’s notes’ to the year that was for the field.  Read more

Microarrays outperform karyotyping in prenatal diagnoses

Microarrays outperform karyotyping in prenatal diagnoses

Testing fetal DNA for fine-scale copy number variations can reveal more genetic defects than standard karyotyping methods that look for genetic abnormalities in developing fetuses on a whole-chromosome level, according to the largest clinical trial of its kind.  Read more

Mysterious new SARS-like coronavirus came from bats

Mysterious new SARS-like coronavirus came from bats

Genetic analysis has confirmed that the cases of SARS-like viral disease that made headlines this fall—first killing a Saudi Arabian man in June and then sickening a Qatari man in September—were the result of a single coronavirus that made the leap from bats to humans.  Read more

Brigham and Women’s obtains ‘clarity’

Brigham and Women’s obtains 'clarity'

It’s got to be quite a competition when the winner can boast solving a family’s  medical mystery, but those are the bragging rights the clinical genetics division at Brigham and Women’s Hospital captured when it won Boston Children’s Hospital’s first CLARITY contest.  Read more