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A Virologist's Look at the Swine Flu Genome

ScienceInsider has an interview with the head of the CDC's molecular virology and vaccines branch, Ruben Donis. In the Q&A Donis talks about what's known about the swine flu genome -- it's 14 kb and is "almost equidistant to swine viruses from the United States and Eurasia." The new parts of the strain, Donis adds, are neuraminidase and matrix genes. "This reminds me of SARS. With avian there's very little transmission. And even with SARS, transmission was far less," Donis says.

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.