In BMC Medical Genetics, NIH researchers Andrew Johnson and Christopher O'Donnell report that they created an open-access, centralized database of 56,411 significant SNP-phenotype associations from 118 GWAS studies. From re-annotating the reported results, they found that two-thirds of the SNPs are located near a protein-coding gene and that cell-adhesion genes are over-represented from GWAS studies, suggesting that new insight can be made by querying a database.

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In PLOS this week: analytical approach for finding new genetic associations, analysis of Streptococcus pyogenes-infecting viruses, and more.