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Hooray for the Whippersnappers

Discover magazine celebrates young innovators with its list of 20 Best Brains Under 40. (Turns out that it's good to be at Caltech.) Several of the people profiled are of interest to this community, including:

  • Richard Bonneau, New York University (systems biology in microorganisms)
  • Edward Boyden, MIT (genetic neuroengineering)
  • Michael Elowitz, Caltech (bacterial and cellular diversity)
  • Nicole King, UC Berkeley (evolutionary genomics)
  • Sarkis Mazmanian, Caltech (human microbiome)
  • Jonathan Pritchard, University of Chicago (genetic mutations)
  • Amy Wagers, Harvard (stem cell biology)
  • Changhuei Yang, Caltech (microfluidics)


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.