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Impressive Assembly

MassGenomics' Dan Koboldt heard a talk by Daniel Zerbino on de Bruijn graphs and Velvet’s assembly programs -- Koboldt adds that despite the dense topic, the room was packed. From the talk, Koboldt says, "I almost understand [de Bruijn graphs]" and he also summarizes the four steps of Velvet assembly: building the de Bruijin graph, simplifying the graph, removing tips, and removing bubbles. Koboldt was impressed by Zerbino: "He's clearly not only a pioneer, but keeping tabs on others in the field as well," he says.

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.