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'Conference of Interest'

Twitter user @attilacsordas put it best — this year's International Congress of Human Genetics/American Society for Human Genetics annual meeting is certainly a "conference of interest." Indeed, several attendees are tweeting the meeting, keeping researchers not in attendance abreast of the good, the bad, and the James Watson of this week's gathering in Montreal, using the hashtag #ICHG2011. Follow @DailyScan to keep up with re-tweets of our favorite 140-character-or-fewer dispatches from ICHG/ASHG.

The Scan

Study Links Evolution of Longevity, Social Organization in Mammals

With the help of comparative phylogenetics and transcriptomics, researchers in Nature Communications see ties between lifespan and social organization in mammals.

Tumor Microenvironment Immune Score Provides Immunotherapy Response, Prognostic Insights

Using multiple in situ analyses and RNA sequence data, researchers in eBioMedicine have developed a score associated with immunotherapy response or survival.

CRISPR-Based Method for Finding Cancer-Associated Exosomal MicroRNAs in Blood

A team from China presents in ACS Sensors a liposome-mediated membrane fusion strategy for detecting miRNAs carried in exosomes in the blood with a CRISPR-mediated reporter system.

Drug Response Variants May Be Distinct in Somatic, Germline Samples

Based on variants from across 21 drug response genes, researchers in The Pharmacogenomics Journal suspect that tumor-only DNA sequences may miss drug response clues found in the germline.