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'Nearly Meaningless'

John Hawks builds on the recent discussion of whether, in the future, politicians should have to release their genetic information to the public for scrutiny. At this point, he says that the risks conveyed by genetic information are "nearly meaningless" at the individual level. "We simply don't have a way to predict a person's lifetime risk of chronic disease, based on the entire genome. A person who has one known risk allele may have any number of unknown protective alleles," writes Hawks.

The Scan

Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.

Gut Microbiomes Allow Bears to Grow to Similar Sizes Despite Differing Diets

Researchers in Scientific Reports find that the makeup of brown bears' gut microbiomes allows them to reach similar sizes even when feasting on different foods.

Finding Safe Harbor in the Human Genome

In Genome Biology, researchers present a new approach to identify genomic safe harbors where transgenes can be expressed without affecting host cell function.

New Data Point to Nuanced Relationship Between Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Lund University researchers in JAMA Psychiatry uncover overlapping genetic liabilities for major depression and bipolar disorder.