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An international team led by investigators in Germany and the US describe the transcription factor binding-based scheme they established for evaluating loci linked to type 2 diabetes risk. In their Cell study, the researchers demonstrated that this integrative computational strategy — which takes into account transcription factor binding site phylogeny and conservation in multiple species — can track down type 2 diabetes-associated variants with mechanistic ties to the disease.

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A phylogenetic analysis indicates two venomous Australian spiders are more closely related than thought, the International Business Times reports.

Technology Review reports that 2017 was the year of consumer genetic testing and that it could spur new analysis companies.

In Science this week: CRISPR-based approach for recording cellular events, and more.

A new company says it will analyze customers' genes to find them a suitable date, though Smithsonian magazine says the science behind it might be shaky.