NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A study in Nature Genetics suggests inherited variants in a gene called GATA3 can dial up children's risk of developing an especially aggressive form of pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL.

Researchers from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and elsewhere did a genome-wide association study focused on finding inherited risk factors in children with Philadelphia chromosome-positive pediatric ALL.

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In Nature this week: association between genome-wide homozygosity and traits like height and cognitive ability, improved CRISPR-Cas9 editing, and more.

A survey examines how age, political leanings, and more influence how Americans view certain scientific topics, the Associated Press reports.

A researcher who pleaded guilty to making false statements in research reports has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison and must pay $7.2 million back to the NIH.

The BabySeq project to study the risks and benefits of sequencing newborns is underway.