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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – An international team of researchers has homed in on a variant linked to increased obesity among people of African descent.

While lifestyle and culture affect people's risk of developing obesity, it is also thought to be highly heritable, with some estimates placing its heritability at 60 percent. The prevalence of obesity isn't constant across populations — in the US, African Americans have the highest rates of obesity.

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The Wall Street Journal reports on gaps in COVID-19 testing affecting less affluent urban areas and rural locations.

According to NBC News, new SARS-CoV-2 variants are making it harder for researchers to model the course of the pandemic.

The New York Times reports that experts say President Joe Biden's goal of vaccinating 1 million people a day in the US in the next 100 days is too low a bar.

In Science this week: single-cell lineage tracing technique applied to study lung cancer metastasis, and more.

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In this session, the second in the Precision Oncology News Virtual Molecular Tumor Board Series, our expert panelists will review cases in which patient genomic profiles exhibit common driver mutations in tumor types considered “off label” for targeted therapies associated with those mutations.