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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

Genes Linked to White-Tailed Jackrabbits' Winter Coat Color Change

Climate change, the researchers noted in Science, may lead to camouflage mismatch and increase predation of white-tailed jackrabbits.

Adenine Base Editor Targets SCID Mutation in New Study

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, report in Cell that adenine base editing was able to produce functional T lymphocytes in a model of severe combined immune deficiency.

Researchers Find Gene Affecting Alkaline Sensitivity in Plants

Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Science have found a locus affecting alkaline-salinity sensitivity, which could aid in efforts to improve crop productivity, as they report in Science.

International Team Proposes Checklist for Returning Genomic Research Results

Researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics present a checklist to guide the return of genomic research results to study participants.