In the British Medical Journal this week, Nigel Hawkes says the number of deaths after surgery for bowel cancer in England is much higher than was previously thought. According to a new study, five English medical centers, or trusts, had rates of death within 30 days of surgery that were "significantly worse" than the average for England from 2003 to 2006. Three trusts had better than average death rates during that time.

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Researchers have found that the i-motif shape of DNA previously observed in the lab also exists in human cells, and that it may serve a purpose.

In PNAS this week: a genomic, transcriptomic, and metabolomic analysis of the tea plant, Arabidopsis thaliana's adaptations to specific local environments, and more.

In an against-all-odds twist, a researcher studying exceeding rare FOXG1 mutations discovers her daughter has the syndrome.

An effort by Genomics Medicine Ireland is creating a database of diseases based on the genomics of people in Ireland. It now is looking into the possibility of including Scotland in its work.