A team of international researchers reports in the British Journal of Cancer on whether a germline mutation in phosphoinositide-3-kinase catalytic subunit alpha, or PIK3CA, affects breast cancer risk — somatic mutations in PIK3CA are common in breast cancer tumors in Caucasians. The team genotyped approximately 36,400 cases and 35,000 controls from different studies.

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Chinese state news agency Xinhua reports that a preliminary investigation has found He Jiankui performed his gene-editing work illegally.

John Mendelsohn, a former president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, has died, the New York Times reports.

Identical twins receive different estimates of ancestry from the same direct-to-consumer genetic testing firms, CBC reports.

In PNAS this week: chromosomal features of maize, adaptations in the vinous-throated parrotbill, and more.