NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A team led by Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center has found links between the binding sites of an Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) protein and genomic risk loci for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and other autoimmune diseases.

As the researchers reported in Nature Genetics today, they also found associations between hundreds of other transcription factors and risk loci for various diseases, including prostate cancer and breast cancer.

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Direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies have offered to test families separated at the southern US border, but that raises ethical issues.

CNBC reports that confirming a positive result from 23andMe's BRCA health report can be expensive.

The New York Times reports on a project to develop a tree DNA database to uncover illegal logging.

In PLOS this week: links between gut microbiome and colorectal cancer mutations, targeted sequencing uncovers genetic susceptibilities to epilepsy in Koreans, and more.

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