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Lander on Economics and Science

At the AAAS meeting, Eric Lander wonders why science and economics don’t mix very well, reports the Wall Street Journal’s Health Blog. Lander says that that disconnect has contributed to problems in healthcare; he pointed to the fee-for-service system that encourages doctors to do more tests and procedures. There’s no incentive for developing vaccines or low-carbon energy, the WSJ adds. “We need to forge a deeper understanding and relationship between economics and science,” Lander says.

The Scan

Ancient Greek Army Ancestry Highlights Mercenary Role in Historical Migrations

By profiling genomic patterns in 5th century samples from in and around Himera, researchers saw diverse ancestry in Greek army representatives in the region, as they report in PNAS.

Estonian Biobank Team Digs into Results Return Strategies, Experiences

Researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics outline a procedure developed for individual return of results for the population biobank, along with participant experiences conveyed in survey data.

Rare Recessive Disease Insights Found in Individual Genomes

Researchers predict in Genome Medicine cross-population deletions and autosomal recessive disease impacts by analyzing recurrent nonallelic homologous recombination-related deletions.

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.