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Useless?

In a simulation study in PLoS Biology, Duke University’s David Goldstein and colleagues say that signals seen in genome-wide association studies that appear to come from common variants disease-causing variants may actually be emanating from rare variants. As the New York Times points out, “the association is not exactly spurious — Dr. Goldstein calls it ‘synthetic’ — but it is indirect, so much so as to make many SNPs useless for identifying the genes that cause disease.” At Genomeboy, Misha Angrist writes that there’s two things to do: “read it and weep” and then “buy stock in sequencing companies.”

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.