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Now, Craig, Let's Take a Moment to Discuss Your Favorite Subject ... You

It's a rare thing for GTO to miss linking to an interview with Craig Venter, so we're going to go ahead and blame our tryptophan-induced comas for missing this piece in the San Diego Union-Tribune, published at the end of November.

We recommend you check it out, if only because we're so pleased that someone finally asked J. Craig why he's always called a "maverick biologist." He opines on the lack of progress in the genomic field since the sequencing of the human genome, being a society based on science, and more.

 

The Scan

Genetic Tests Lead to Potential Prognostic Variants in Dutch Children With Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Researchers in Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine found that the presence of pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants was linked to increased risk of death and poorer outcomes in children with pediatric dilated cardiomyopathy.

Fragile X Syndrome Mutations Found With Comprehensive Testing Method

Researchers in Clinical Chemistry found fragile X syndrome expansions and other FMR1 mutations with ties to the intellectual disability condition using a long-range PCR and long-read sequencing approach.

Team Presents Strategy for Speedy Species Detection in Metagenomic Sequence Data

A computational approach presented in PLOS Computational Biology produced fewer false-positive species identifications in simulated and authentic metagenomic sequences.

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.