This Week in Nature

In Nature Genetics, two independent teams report on the use of genome-wide association analyses to offer clues to the biology of gout and colorectal cancer, respectively. In the first paper, to which a host of scientists from the US and Europe contributed, an analysis of data from more than 140,000 people with European ancestry revealed 18 new loci associated with serum urate concentrations, which is elevated in gout patients.

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Though many details have yet to be worked out, the draft deal for the UK's withdrawal from the EU is giving researchers some hints for what they can expect, Nature News says.

DNA testing has solved a 100-year-old mystery contained in the skull and teeth samples of a now-extinct monkey that once inhabited Jamaica, Gizmodo reports.

As the UN ponders a ban on gene drives, one malaria researcher says there are less dramatic ways to fight the disease in Africa than unleashing GM mosquitoes on a whole continent.

In Nature this week: an improved reference genome of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, genomes of four species of truffles, and more.