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Last Posted: Jan 26, 2023
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Genetic futurism.
et al. Nature genetics 2022 12 (12) 1757

Large-scale genotyping and phenotyping efforts, including biobanks, have revolutionized our understanding of the genetic architecture of human traits and diseases. Years of ever-larger genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have produced a catalog of genetic variants that contribute to complex traits. A corollary of this research has been the development of personalized polygenic scores (PGS) or polygenic risk scores (PRS).

Biobanking as a Tool for Genomic Research: From Allele Frequencies to Cross-Ancestry Association Studies
TE Lazavera et al, J Per Med, December 9, 2022

We summarize the main directions in which biobanks aid medical genetics and genomic research, from providing reference allele frequency information to allowing large-scale cross-ancestry meta-analyses. The largest biobanks greatly vary in the size of the collection, and the amount of available phenotype and genotype data. Nevertheless, all of them are extensively used in genomics, providing a rich resource for genome-wide association analysis, genetic epidemiology, and statistical research into the structure, function, and evolution of the human genome.

Multimodal biomedical AI.
Acosta Julián N et al. Nature medicine 2022 9

The increasing availability of biomedical data from large biobanks, electronic health records, medical imaging, wearable and ambient biosensors, and the lower cost of genome and microbiome sequencing have set the stage for the development of multimodal artificial intelligence solutions that capture the complexity of human health and disease. In this Review, we outline the key applications enabled, along with the technical and analytical challenges.

Celebrating 20 years of UK Biobank
UK Biobank, YouTube video, March 28, 2022

A video reflecting on the past, present and future value of UK Biobank. UK Biobank is a large-scale biomedical database and research resource, containing in-depth genetic and health information from half a million UK participants. The database is regularly augmented with additional data and is globally accessible to approved researchers undertaking vital research into the most common and life-threatening diseases.

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