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Time to Wade Through Some Lab Notebooks

Science Insider reports on the "long-awaited review of the scientific evidence relating to the investigation of the 2001 anthrax letter attacks" now that FBI has agreed to let the National Academy of Sciences study the "scientific techniques used ... in solving the case." The article notes that FBI has been pushed to reveal this kind of information since Bruce Ivins, the researcher FBI said was guilty of the anthrax crimes, committed suicide last summer.

Ivins' culpability will not be the focus of the review, however. "What the study will not do, as spelled out in the academies’ official description of the study, is issue a verdict on whether US Army researcher Bruce Ivins was indeed guilty of the crime," Science Insider says. FBI is paying $879,550 to the National Academy for the review, which is likely to include analysis of genetic studies of the B. anthracis strain mailed to victims.

The Scan

Study Tracks Responses in Patients Pursuing Polygenic Risk Score Profiling

Using interviews, researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics qualitatively assess individuals' motivations for, and experiences with, direct-to-consumer polygenic risk score testing.

EHR Quality Improvement Study Detects Demographic-Related Deficiencies in Cancer Family History Data

In a retrospective analysis in JAMA Network Open, researchers find that sex, ethnicity, language, and other features coincide with the quality of cancer family history information in a patient's record.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Linked to Gut Microbiome Community Structure Gradient in Meta-Analysis

Bringing together data from prior studies, researchers in Genome Biology track down microbial taxa and a population structure gradient with ties to ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease.

Ancient Greek Army Ancestry Highlights Mercenary Role in Historical Migrations

By profiling genomic patterns in 5th century samples from in and around Himera, researchers saw diverse ancestry in Greek army representatives in the region, as they report in PNAS.