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The ENCODE Data Coordination Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has released several new data tracks for the hg19 human genome browser

The new tracks include manual annotations that have been merged with evidence-based automated annotations; ChIP-seq based transcription factor binding sites; nucleosome position density maps from several cell lines; and copy number variation from Illumina's BeadChip assay and circular binary segmentation among other updates.

The National Center for Integrative Biomedical Informatics at the University of Michigan has released a new version of the MetScape plugin for Cytoscape.

MetScape 2.3 includes some changes to the graphical user interface, minor bug fixes, and support for searches by gene symbol and compound name.

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Genetic Risk Factors for Hypertension Can Help Identify Those at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Genetically predicted high blood pressure risk is also associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, a new JAMA Cardiology study says.

Circulating Tumor DNA Linked to Post-Treatment Relapse in Breast Cancer

Post-treatment detection of circulating tumor DNA may identify breast cancer patients who are more likely to relapse, a new JCO Precision Oncology study finds.

Genetics Influence Level of Depression Tied to Trauma Exposure, Study Finds

Researchers examine the interplay of trauma, genetics, and major depressive disorder in JAMA Psychiatry.

UCLA Team Reports Cost-Effective Liquid Biopsy Approach for Cancer Detection

The researchers report in Nature Communications that their liquid biopsy approach has high specificity in detecting all- and early-stage cancers.