NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Researchers will use a total of $1.5 million in new grants from the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation in a wide range of novel studies, including research into the roles of epigenetic changes and protein characteristics in cancers.

The $140,000 fellowship awards will go to 11 researchers pursuing innovative projects in basic and translational research. Among the award winners:

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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.