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This Week in Nature: Nov 16, 2012

In Nature this week, an international team of investigators reports on the assembly and analysis of the domestic Duroc pig genome, which identified genes potentially associated with disease and provides a new resource for the study of pigs in both agriculture and medical research. In the study, the sequenced Duroc pig genome was compared with the genomes of other pigs, both wild and domestic, giving insights into the emergence of the animal. Meanwhile, the analyses also shed new light on the rapid evolution of genes associated with immune response and smell. The Daily Scan's sister publication GenomeWeb Daily News has more on this study here.

Also in Nature, a team of researchers led by investigators from the University of Queensland describes how pancreatic cancer genomes revealed the potential involvement of axon guidance genes in the disease. The researchers performed exome sequencing and copy-number analysis to identify genomic aberrations in a cohort of early sporadic pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma patients and found a number of mutated genes already associated with the cancer. They also found novel mutated genes involved in chromatin modification, DNA damage repair, and other mechanisms, as well as "frequent and diverse somatic aberrations in genes described traditionally as embryonic regulators of axon guidance."

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.