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Prettier Code

Research code can be messy stuff and tweaked on the fly to examine different hypotheses, writes Iddo Friedberg at Byte Size Biology. "Research coding is not done with the purpose of being robust, or reusable, or long-lived in development and versioning repositories," he says. "Upgrades are not provided and the product, such as it is, is definitely not user-friendly for public consumption." However, as a Twitter conversation Friedberg had points out, the code could have bugs or errors that affect results. Friedberg notes that the Bioinformatic Testing Consortium, of which he is part, aims to test such code. "A great idea, and if taken up by journals, having your BTC-approved code accompanying your paper would go a long way to validating the science presented in your research article," he says.

The Scan

UK Pilot Study Suggests Digital Pathway May Expand BRCA Testing in Breast Cancer

A randomized pilot study in the Journal of Medical Genetics points to similar outcomes for breast cancer patients receiving germline BRCA testing through fully digital or partially digital testing pathways.

Survey Sees Genetic Literacy on the Rise, Though Further Education Needed

Survey participants appear to have higher genetic familiarity, knowledge, and skills compared to 2013, though 'room for improvement' remains, an AJHG paper finds.

Study Reveals Molecular, Clinical Features in Colorectal Cancer Cases Involving Multiple Primary Tumors

Researchers compare mismatch repair, microsatellite instability, and tumor mutation burden patterns in synchronous multiple- or single primary colorectal cancers.

FarGen Phase One Sequences Exomes of Nearly 500 From Faroe Islands

The analysis in the European Journal of Human Genetics finds few rare variants and limited geographic structure among Faroese individuals.