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It Turns Out We're Not All the Same

University of Chicago researchers performed gene expression analysis on lymphoblastoid cell lines from 60 families, half from Utah and half from the Nigerian Yoruba population. Among 9,000 genes, they report in this American Journal of Human Genetics paper that they found almost 400 genes where expression varied -- mostly in immune response genes, says this article from the BBC. Coupled with previous work, they believe that population differences can play a large role, not only in susceptibility to disease, but also in individual response to medications.

The Scan

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.