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Turns Out It Wasn't a Criminal or a Paternity Issue -- Just Plain Good Science

Over at US News & World Report, John Aloysius Farrell blogs to set the record straight about the grizzly bear DNA project that John McCain complained about in last week's presidential debate. It's a pretty funny column, in which Farrell discusses the point of the research project -- namely, to get a population count of grizzly bears using DNA as a quicker, cheaper method than sending rangers out to personally take a census. GTO's favorite piece of trivia: evidently, McCain voted for the bill that issued the funds for the DNA project in the first place.

 

The Scan

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.

Estonian Biobank Team Digs into Results Return Strategies, Experiences

Researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics outline a procedure developed for individual return of results for the population biobank, along with participant experiences conveyed in survey data.

Rare Recessive Disease Insights Found in Individual Genomes

Researchers predict in Genome Medicine cross-population deletions and autosomal recessive disease impacts by analyzing recurrent nonallelic homologous recombination-related deletions.

Genetic Tests Lead to Potential Prognostic Variants in Dutch Children With Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Researchers in Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine found that the presence of pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants was linked to increased risk of death and poorer outcomes in children with pediatric dilated cardiomyopathy.