This year started off with a bang for the next-gen sequencing community. At two February conferences — Advances in Genome Biology and Technology in Marco Island, Fla., and the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities annual meeting in Salt Lake City — representatives from a number of the next line of next-gen vendors gave status reports on their platforms.

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A new study in JAMA finds that genetic tests might not be able to determine what diet is right for someone seeking to lose weight.

A genome-wide association study that linked common genetic variants to salivary gland carcinoma risk has been retracted, according to Retraction Watch.

Vampire bats' ability to live off blood is etched in their genomes and gut microbiomes, the Scientist reports.

In Genome Biology this week: peopling of the Sahara, epigenetic reprogramming analysis of liverwort, and more.