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Thanksgiving for Scientists

While GTO spent Thanksgiving being grateful that we didn't land in the emergency room after a potentially dangerous encounter with a giant knife and a rock-hard acorn squash, Jonathan Eisen had more inspirational things on his mind. In his blog he lists 10 things he thinks scientists ought to be thankful for, including teachers, benefactors, study subjects, and more. He also lists taxpayers, noting that "we take money people from people that in theory they could have gotten to keep if their taxes were lower. We should thank these taxpayers."

The Scan

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.

Circulating Tumor DNA Linked to Post-Treatment Relapse in Breast Cancer

Post-treatment detection of circulating tumor DNA may identify breast cancer patients who are more likely to relapse, a new JCO Precision Oncology study finds.

Genetics Influence Level of Depression Tied to Trauma Exposure, Study Finds

Researchers examine the interplay of trauma, genetics, and major depressive disorder in JAMA Psychiatry.

UCLA Team Reports Cost-Effective Liquid Biopsy Approach for Cancer Detection

The researchers report in Nature Communications that their liquid biopsy approach has high specificity in detecting all- and early-stage cancers.