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Lander at the Darwin Conference

PZ Myers tried to keep up with the Darwin/Chicago 2009 conference on his blog. There, he recounts talks from Jerry Coyne on speciation, Philip Ward on phylogenies, and Eric Lander on genomics and natural selection. At the beginning of Lander's talk, he made the caveat that he wasn't an evolutionist, but rather a biomedical geneticist, which led Myers to comment "as if that was something different." The conclusion from the talk, Myers says is that "genomics is experiencing an explosion of data that represents a huge opportunity for future discovery."

The Scan

Genetic Tests Lead to Potential Prognostic Variants in Dutch Children With Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Researchers in Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine found that the presence of pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants was linked to increased risk of death and poorer outcomes in children with pediatric dilated cardiomyopathy.

Fragile X Syndrome Mutations Found With Comprehensive Testing Method

Researchers in Clinical Chemistry found fragile X syndrome expansions and other FMR1 mutations with ties to the intellectual disability condition using a long-range PCR and long-read sequencing approach.

Team Presents Strategy for Speedy Species Detection in Metagenomic Sequence Data

A computational approach presented in PLOS Computational Biology produced fewer false-positive species identifications in simulated and authentic metagenomic sequences.

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.