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An NHGRI-led team found a variant in the SEMA4D gene that was present in people of African descent, but not in people of Asian or European ancestry.

GUSTO study researchers said maternal lifestyle, fetal genetic, and fetal epigenetic factors affect birth weight and early childhood adiposity.

The company, still collecting utility data, anticipates that this more complex analysis will lead to better personalization of health and wellness strategies for its clients.

Danish researchers link the expression of three genes to being obese, but metabolically healthy, the Guardian reports.

In PNAS this week: genetic variants linked to response to food ads, effects of MECP2 mutations in Rett syndrome, and more.

Mizzou researcher Elizabeth King plans to use a fruit fly model to study how physiology and genetic makeup change over time in response to certain diets.

With a genomic registry, researchers will be studying factors involved in obesity to develop tailored weight-loss advice.

In Nature this week: variant linked to obesity risk in Samoans, health of cloned animals, and more.

A genome-wide association and fine-mapping study of Samoans led to a missense mutation in the CREBRF gene that seems to correspond with increased fat storage.

In PLOS this week: canine GWAS of skeletal syndromes, Chagas disease outcomes and genetic ancestry, and more.

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Springer Nature announces €9,500 fee to make papers open-access in Nature and its family of journals.

Librarians have concluded that notebooks that belonged to Charles Darwin that were thought to have been lost were actually likely stolen, CNN reports.

An early SARS-CoV-2 alteration may have enabled it to spread more easily, according to the New York Times.

In PNAS this week: ultrarare variants contribute to aging-related hearing loss, telomeres of cells infected with herpesvirus, and more.