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Using Genetics to Fight HIV

At Discovering Biology in a Digital World, Sandra Porter delves into a paper published recently in Science that found that the mouse gene Rfv3 is encoded by Apobec3 and that it is required for the production of antibodies that will neutralize a retrovirus called Friend Virus, or FV. "The take home message is that knowing the identity of a gene that controls the ability to make neutralizing antibodies to FV is very helpful," Porter says, mainly because "if we can make neutralizing antibodies, we can make a vaccine."

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.