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We Bet There's a Gene for 'Genomania'

In another guest column at Olivia Judson's blog, Stephen Quake says that the current efforts to sequence the human genome – "having the consensus genome sequenced was not a stopping point" – and others will not only drive scientific discovery, but also personal discovery. The difficult part, he says, will be making sense of the data and not being caught up in "genomania," which he defines as "a fixation with simplistic pseudo-science purporting to link genetic variation with various human behaviors and traits."

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.