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'A Bold and Initially Rather Puzzling Move'

Daniel MacArthur picked up on a tweet from DecodeMe, whose parent company has recently filed for bankruptcy, that encourages 23andMe customers to move their data over to them for free. "That's a bold and initially rather puzzling move," MacArthur writes. MacArthur thinks that this free offer could get a good number of 23andMe users to check out DecodeMe's interface and potentially have these early adopters then see the company as "as a serious and reliable player in the interpretation field."

The Scan

Octopus Brain Complexity Linked to MicroRNA Expansions

Investigators saw microRNA gene expansions coinciding with complex brains when they analyzed certain cephalopod transcriptomes, as they report in Science Advances.

Study Tracks Outcomes in Children Born to Zika Virus-Infected Mothers

By following pregnancy outcomes for women with RT-PCR-confirmed Zika virus infections, researchers saw in Lancet Regional Health congenital abnormalities in roughly one-third of live-born children.

Team Presents Benchmark Study of RNA Classification Tools

With more than 135 transcriptomic datasets, researchers tested two dozen coding and non-coding RNA classification tools, establishing a set of potentially misclassified transcripts, as they report in Nucleic Acids Research.

Breast Cancer Risk Related to Pathogenic BRCA1 Mutation May Be Modified by Repeats

Several variable number tandem repeats appear to impact breast cancer risk and age at diagnosis in almost 350 individuals carrying a risky Ashkenazi Jewish BRCA1 founder mutation.