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No One Knows What They Mean Anyway

In the UK's Times, Mark Henderson writes that primary care physicians have largely been trained to recognize Mendelian disorders and are not ready for the onslaught of "fuzzy" results from genetic scans. "These are going to be difficult issues for GPs to explore in ten-minute consultations. Yet they are currently offered no preparation for this in their training," Henderson writes, later adding that "if genetics is to become embedded in clinical practice, it must also be embedded in clinical education." At Genetic Future, Daniel MacArthur adds, "[Doctors] will need to become familiar with the terminology and interpretation of probabilistic genetic risk estimates and with the use of available online resources."

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.