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Not So Useful?

An study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that there was no significant association between a genetic risk score — based on 101 SNPs — and incidence of cardiovascular disease in Caucasian women. Brigham and Women's Hospital's Nina Paynter and her colleagues followed 19,313 participants in the Women's Genome Health Study for a median of 12.3 years and determined the participants' genetic risk scores based on genome-wide association study results. "After adjustment for traditional factors, the genetic risk score did not improve discrimination or reclassification," the authors write, adding that "self-reported family history remained significantly associated with cardiovascular disease in multivariable models." Andrea Anderson at our sister publication GenomeWeb Daily News has more.

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.