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A Lab of His Own

Cathal Garvey dropped out of a PhD program to create a DIY biotech lab in his family's house in County Cork, Ireland, says Technology Review. "Would I finish and get a few letters after my name, or seize the day and do something that needed to be done?" he tells Tech Review. Garvey says he plans to show that biology can be done on a limited budget and in an open-source way, and is developing Bacillus subtilis as a model organism for at-home biologists. Tech Review adds that while scientists like George Church support the DIY movement, it does face challenges, particularly concerning funding and regulations. Concerning the latter, Garvey has a license from Ireland's environmental agency to create genetically modified organisms. "The dream," Garvey tells Tech Review, "is to program life, play around, where it doesn't cost you anything to fail."

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.