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Decode Genetics has reported finding two genetic variants that cause 57 percent of cases of thyroid cancer, says a story in the New York Times. Their paper in Nature Genetics used a GWAS on a population of Icelandic cases to find two common variants, located on chromosomes 9q22.33 and 14q13.3, that are associated with the disease.

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US National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says he will avoid male-only speaker panels.

Two patients fell ill, and one subsequently died, following a fecal microbiome transplant that harbored multi-drug-resistant bacteria, according to the New York Times.

Technology Review reports that eGenesis is testing whether organs from genetically modified pigs can be transplanted into monkeys.

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