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The Decade of Biology

In the Guardian, Ian Sample writes that the last 10 years saw the "rise of biology" and that genetics was central to that move to the forefront. The first step, he says, was the sequencing of the human genome early in the decade. That then led to better sequencing technology and the sequencing of many organisms and then to uncovering variants linked to disease. "Scientific revolutions have a long history of taking humans down a peg or two," Sample writes. "The genetics revolution was no different. As more organisms submitted to genetic analysis, scientists learned that humans were not so different from other organisms. We share more than 95% of our genes with chimps and around 30% with bananas."

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.