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Clearly, It Was the Dog's Idea

At the WSJ's Health Blog, Alice Mundy writes about a sting operation conducted by the House Energy and Commerce Committee to determine whether companies overseeing clinical studies need more oversight. The committee set up up a sting, posing as a company called Device Med-Systems, with a fake surgical product called Adhesiablog that needed to go through a clinical trial. Coast IRB of Colorado gave the trial the go-ahead and now finds itself the topic of a hearing scheduled for today. Mundy also reports that the panel planned to set up a fake IRB — with a Capitol Hill staffer's three-legged dog, Trooper, as its CEO.

The Scan

Genetic Risk Factors for Hypertension Can Help Identify Those at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Genetically predicted high blood pressure risk is also associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, a new JAMA Cardiology study says.

Circulating Tumor DNA Linked to Post-Treatment Relapse in Breast Cancer

Post-treatment detection of circulating tumor DNA may identify breast cancer patients who are more likely to relapse, a new JCO Precision Oncology study finds.

Genetics Influence Level of Depression Tied to Trauma Exposure, Study Finds

Researchers examine the interplay of trauma, genetics, and major depressive disorder in JAMA Psychiatry.

UCLA Team Reports Cost-Effective Liquid Biopsy Approach for Cancer Detection

The researchers report in Nature Communications that their liquid biopsy approach has high specificity in detecting all- and early-stage cancers.