NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has launched a multi-site clinical trial to assess how African-Americans with asthma respond to different therapies, and to examine the genetics at play in those responses, NHLBI said today.

The Best African American Response to Asthma Drugs (BARD) study will enroll roughly 500 children and adults at 30 sites in 14 states to research their responses to varying combinations of medications and dosages and how genes may affect those responses.

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In Nature this week: association between genome-wide homozygosity and traits like height and cognitive ability, improved CRISPR-Cas9 editing, and more.

A survey examines how age, political leanings, and more influence how Americans view certain scientific topics, the Associated Press reports.

A researcher who pleaded guilty to making false statements in research reports has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison and must pay $7.2 million back to the NIH.

The BabySeq project to study the risks and benefits of sequencing newborns is underway.