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Reviewing GWAS

Adaptive Complexity awards a report card on genome-wide association studies, saying they work well for some traits, but not all. The post points to a recent paper in Nature Reviews Genetics that says GWAS have been useful in identifying SNPs that have a decent-sized impact on phenotype, but that they are thus far unable to explain multifactorial traits. The reviewers also say that the data from GWAS should be widely available. "We should get as much mileage out of them as possible, by doing what publicly funded scientists should do anyway: share data," adds the blog post.

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.