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The Liability Angle

Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law is looking into whether there are any liability issues associated with personalized medicine, reports The National Law Journal. "Liability is likely to be an increasingly important driver of personalized medicine, but it can be a double-edged sword," say Gary Marchant, who is leading the project. He adds that liability could be a benefit if it drives doctors to take patients' genetic information into account, but it could also be detriment if it leads doctors to order genetic tests to protect themselves.

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.