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Applying It

Publisher Elsevier has announced that it is launching a new open-access journal called Applied and Translational Genomics. "Applied and Translational Genomics has a broad scope and provides a home for high-quality research in the areas that sometimes get caught in between basic research and clinical trials," says Bart Wacek, executive publisher of life sciences at Elsevier, in a statement.

A few papers have already been posted online to the journal at ScienceDirect, including one from the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics' Philippos Patsalis. Patsalis describes a non-invasive approach, based on MeDIP real-time qPCR, for prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

And in an editorial, the journal's editor-in-chief, Cardiff University's Dhavendra Kumar, lists areas that are within the scope of the new journal. "The journal shall endeavor to publish material related to industrial, agricultural, environmental, medicine and health, and social and ethical applications of genome science and technologies," Kumar writes.

The Scan

Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.

Gut Microbiomes Allow Bears to Grow to Similar Sizes Despite Differing Diets

Researchers in Scientific Reports find that the makeup of brown bears' gut microbiomes allows them to reach similar sizes even when feasting on different foods.

Finding Safe Harbor in the Human Genome

In Genome Biology, researchers present a new approach to identify genomic safe harbors where transgenes can be expressed without affecting host cell function.

New Data Point to Nuanced Relationship Between Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Lund University researchers in JAMA Psychiatry uncover overlapping genetic liabilities for major depression and bipolar disorder.