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They Go Together

There is a "frustrating" overemphasis on the importance of individual genes for traits or diseases, says Gene Expression's Razib Khan. But there is also an underestimation of the importance of genetics as a whole. "How can these be reconciled? Do not genes and genetics go together?" he asks. The solution to this may be a simple one, he adds — "when you speak of 1,000 genes, you speak of no genes. You can't list 1,000 genes in prose, even if you know them. But using standard quantitative and behavior genetics means one can apportion variation in the population of a trait to variation in genes." In fact, new genomics studies are proving that many complex traits have a "non-trivial heritability," Khan says.

The Scan

Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.

Unfair Targeting

Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases.

Limited Rapid Testing

The New York Times wonders why rapid tests for COVID-19 are not widely available in the US.

Genome Research Papers on IPAFinder, Structural Variant Expression Effects, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Markers

In Genome Research this week: IPAFinder method to detect intronic polyadenylation, influence of structural variants on gene expression, and more.