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MacArthur Foundation Lauds Biology's Best

A population geneticist, a biophysicist, and a biomedical illustrator have all been awarded $500,000 over five years — no strings attached — by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as part of its Fellows Program. Carlos Bustamante at the Stanford University School of Medicine is lauded for "mining DNA sequence data to address fundamental questions about the mechanisms of evolution, the complex origins of human genetic diversity, and patterns of population migration," according to the MacArthur Foundation. CalTech's John Dabiri is celebrated for his work "investigating the hydrodynamics of jellyfish propulsion," while the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research's Drew Berry is honored for his "scientifically accurate, aesthetically rich visualizations" of biological processes. Oregon State University marine biologist Kelly Benoit-Bird and entomologist Marla Spivak at the University of Minnesota were also named 2010 MacArthur Fellows.

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.