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Lots of Data and Some Confirmations

At the annual American Society of Human Genetics meeting, Kaiser Permanente researchers unveiled some initial results from its study of its combined medical and genetic biobank, reports ScienceInsider. The Kaiser Permanente biobank includes genetic marker and telomere length data from 100,000 adults from its California health system that is linked to de-identified medical information. From this data, Kaiser Permanente researchers confirmed a number of previously identified links between certain SNPs and disease risk and noted that telomeres of older people or people who smoke and drink tend to be shorter, ScienceInsider says. It did not, though, confirm a previous finding that exercise was linked to longer telomeres. The Kaiser Permanente researchers add that they will deposit their data in dbGAP.

The Scan

Not Immediately Told

The US National Institutes of Health tells lawmakers that one of its grantees did not immediately report that it had developed a more infectious coronavirus, Science says.

Seems Effective in Kids

The Associated Press reports that the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children appears to be highly effective at preventing symptomatic disease.

Intelligence Warning on Bioeconomy Threats

US intelligence warns over China's focus on technologies and data related to the bioeconomy, the New York Times reports.

PLOS Papers on Campylobacteriosis Sources, Inherited Retinal Dystrophies, Liver Cancer Prognosis

In PLOS this week: approach to uncover source of Campylobacteriosis, genetic risk factors for inherited retinal dystrophies, and more.