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But For Your Cis Regions, You Might Be Swinging from a Tree

A post on the evolgen blog checks in on a new paper (in press at Nature Genetics) from Duke's Ralph Haygood and colleagues that tracks gene regulation -- in particular, cis regulatory regions -- as the major difference between chimps and humans. That helps to confirm the theory, posited in 1975 by Mary-Claire King and Allan Wilson, that regulatory regions would prove to be the differentiator between two species whose genome sequences are so similar.

 

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.