NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Researchers from the Scheie Eye Institute at the University of Pennsylvania have been awarded a five-year, $11.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate the genetic risk factors of African-Americans for developing primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG).

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Vivek Murthy is no longer the surgeon general of the US, the Associated Press reports.

Parents who learn of their increased genetic risk of disease also contend with telling their children about theirs, the New York Times writes.

In PLOS this week: loci linked to body mass index measurements, long non-coding RNA expression and urothelial carcinoma prognosis, and more.

Mary Beckerle has been removed as director of the Huntsman Cancer Institute in what one researcher refers to as a "coup," ScienceInsider reports.