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Let's All Move to Massachusetts

Mike the Mad Biologists say that while US student do poorly in math and science at the national level, some local areas do better than European or Asian countries. He particularly focuses on Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, and New Hampshire and says that what they have in common are low rates of poverty and divorce, as well as high incomes, an educated adult population, and good public health departments. "If we want to improve education, and science education, a critical element is to improve the quality of life for children in general," Mike blogs.

The Scan

Study Finds Sorghum Genetic Loci Influencing Composition, Function of Human Gut Microbes

Focusing on microbes found in the human gut microbiome, researchers in Nature Communications identified 10 sorghum loci that appear to influence the microbial taxa or microbial metabolite features.

Treatment Costs May Not Coincide With R&D Investment, Study Suggests

Researchers in JAMA Network Open did not find an association between ultimate treatment costs and investments in a drug when they analyzed available data on 60 approved drugs.

Sleep-Related Variants Show Low Penetrance in Large Population Analysis

A limited number of variants had documented sleep effects in an investigation in PLOS Genetics of 10 genes with reported sleep ties in nearly 192,000 participants in four population studies.

Researchers Develop Polygenic Risk Scores for Dozens of Disease-Related Exposures

With genetic data from two large population cohorts and summary statistics from prior genome-wide association studies, researchers came up with 27 exposure polygenic risk scores in the American Journal of Human Genetics.