Along-standing tenet of genome-wide association studies is that common variants are at the root of common diseases. Earlier this year, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Hakon Hakonarson and Duke University's David Goldstein showed through computer simulations that synthetic associations could arise and that some common variant signals detected in GWAS data are actually due to the effect of rare variants.

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Sequencing could help combat foodborne illnesses, according to a blog post by Food and Drug Administration officials.

Popular Mechanics reports that Caltech researchers have built a prototype nanobot using DNA.

The Sacramento Bee writes that direct-to-consumer genetic testing connected a woman to sperm donor-conceived half siblings.

In PLOS this week: gene expression catalog for sheep, viral diversity among respiratory samples from camels, and more.