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Directions for Building a Supermodel

Genes for height and weight abound this week. In mice, weight is regulated in part by the adp regulatory gene, reported a team from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. This gene is located in a region of the genome already associated with obesity and type 2 diabetes. Another group used a genome-wide search of more than 34,000 people to find that the HMGA2 gene affects height, though only a small percentage of variation is seen among people. The researchers, though, are still on the lookout for more height genes.

We at GTO are wondering when someone is going to use this knowledge to build an army of supermodels -- and whether RNAi can be used to turn us into supermodels, too.


The Scan

NFTs for Genome Sharing

Nature News writes that non-fungible tokens could be a way for people to profit from sharing genomic data.

Wastewater Warning System

Time magazine writes that cities and college campuses are monitoring sewage for SARS-CoV-2, an approach officials hope lasts beyond COVID-19.

Networks to Boost Surveillance

Scientific American writes that new organizations and networks aim to improve the ability of developing countries to conduct SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance.

Genome Biology Papers on Gastric Cancer Epimutations, BUTTERFLY, GUNC Tool

In Genome Biology this week: recurrent epigenetic mutations in gastric cancer, correction tool for unique molecular identifier-based assays, and more.