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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

Call to Look Again

More than a dozen researchers penned a letter in Science saying a previous investigation into the origin of SARS-CoV-2 did not give theories equal consideration.

Not Always Trusted

In a new poll, slightly more than half of US adults have a great deal or quite a lot of trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Hill reports.

Identified Decades Later

A genetic genealogy approach has identified "Christy Crystal Creek," the New York Times reports.

Science Papers Report on Splicing Enhancer, Point of Care Test for Sexual Transmitted Disease

In Science this week: a novel RNA structural element that acts as a splicing enhancer, and more.