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"All the Same"

Coming to televisions near you (or online) this week is a show from Harvard's Henry Louis Gates, Jr. In Faces of America, Gates will use genealogy and genetic tools to look into the family histories of 12 Americans, including Stephen Colbert, Yo-Yo Ma, and Meryl Streep. The series kicks off this Wednesday on PBS at 8 Eastern and will be available on line the following day. "[We] used DNA analysis to look for "deep cousins" — common ancestors among our guests — and we found genetic connections between eleven of our twelve guests. I found that despite all our apparent differences in terms of culture and history, we are all the same," Gates says in a PBS blog post.

The Scan

New Study Highlights Role of Genetics in ADHD

Researchers report in Nature Genetics on differences in genetic architecture between ADHD affecting children versus ADHD that persists into adulthood or is diagnosed in adults.

Study Highlights Pitfall of Large Gene Panels in Clinical Genomic Analysis

An analysis in Genetics in Medicine finds that as gene panels get larger, there is an increased chance of uncovering benign candidate variants.

Single-Cell Atlas of Drosophila Embryogenesis

A new paper in Science presents a single-cell atlas of fruit fly embryonic development over time.

Phage Cocktail Holds Promise for IBD

Researchers uncovered a combination phage therapy that targets Klebsiella pneumonia strains among individuals experiencing inflammatory bowel disease flare ups, as they report in Cell.