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A Run on Potassium Iodide


Japan's nuclear problems are causing "anxiety" in the US as consumers and some businesses rush to buy potassium iodide, a treatment to protect against radiation-induced thyroid cancer, reports The New York Times' Andrew Pollack. Some companies in the US are buying the drug to send to their employees in Japan, and Japanese officials are distributing iodide tablets to evacuation centers near the nuclear plants that are leaking radiation, Pollack says. But for Americans who are not in Japan and have no intention of going there, doctors say the pills are unnecessary, he adds, as there is more than enough of a safe distance between Japan and the US's west coast.

The Scan

Myotonic Dystrophy Repeat Detected in Family Genome Sequencing Analysis

While sequencing individuals from a multi-generation family, researchers identified a myotonic dystrophy type 2-related short tandem repeat in the European Journal of Human Genetics.

TB Resistance Insights Gleaned From Genome Sequence, Antimicrobial Response Assays

Researchers in PLOS Biology explore M. tuberculosis resistance with a combination of sequencing and assays looking at the minimum inhibitory concentrations of 13 drugs.

Mendelian Disease Genes Prioritized Using Tissue-Specific Expression Clues

Mendelian gene candidates could be flagged for further functional analyses based on tissue-specific transcriptome and proteome profiles, a new Journal of Human Genetics paper says.

Single-Cell Sequencing Points to Embryo Mosaicism

Mosaicism may affect preimplantation genetic tests for aneuploidy, a single-cell sequencing-based analysis of almost three dozen embryos in PLOS Genetics finds.