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In a letter to Nature published online in advance this week, a large international research team shows that "hundreds of variants clustered in genomic loci and biological pathways affect human height." In a study of 183, 727 individuals, the team identified variants in at least 180 loci "enriched for genes that ... underlie skeletal growth defects that influence," and this influence human height.

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Forbes reports that a structural biology lab at Oxford University studying the coronavirus was hacked.

Politico reports that the NYPD DNA database has grown since it announced it would be removing profiles from it.

Science reports that a Dutch research funding agency is combating a ransomware attack.

In Science this week: set of 64 haplotype assemblies from 32 individuals, and more.