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The Year of Venter?

Time magazine is getting ready to decide who its "Person of the Year" for 2010 will be. Among the candidates is Craig Venter. Time says Venter's been nominated for "creating DNA using chemicals in a lab and inserting it into a living bacterium." Time does note that not only can Venter be "polarizing" but also that his work itself raises safety questions as well as scientific and philosophical ones.

It's a tough race — Venter is up against such notables as Lady Gaga, Glenn Beck, and Tony Hayward. Swing on over to Time to give your two cents' worth.

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.