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Two articles published in Nature Genetics found new gene variants associated with high body mass index and that appear to be active in the brain. The Genetic Investigation of Anthropometric Traits consortium did a meta-analysis of 15 genome-wide association studies to find six loci associated with obesity, many of which act in the central nervous system.

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

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

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.