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If You Thought Paternity Testing Hit Paydirt, Just Wait for the Commitment-Phobe Kit

This will make for some awkward conversations at the dinner table. Scientists from the Karolinska Institute studied a particular genetic variation linked to vasopressin, a hormone that is apparently key in forming emotional attachments. Men with this variation in the AVPR1A gene "are prone to marital strife and are less likely to wed," according to the study. This BBC article adds that men with two copies of the variant were twice as likely to "report having had a marital crisis in the past year."

Maybe DNA-based dating isn't such a bad idea after all.

 

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.