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The Genome of Sitting Bull

Sitting Bull, the famous Sioux chief, may soon have his genome sequenced, reports ScienceNews. Cristina Valdiosera, a member of Eske Willerslev's lab at the University of Copenhagen, said in a talk at the American Quaternary Association that her group had approval from Sitting Bull's descendants to test some of his hair. Blaine Bettinger at The Genetic Genealogist says "there are probably hundreds of famous and ancient DNA samples waiting their turn for sequencing" and he nominates Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, and Juanita the Peruvian Ice Maiden, among others, to be next.

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.