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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A pair of studies in Nature Genetics has linked new variants to risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

COPD is the third leading cause of death around the world, according to the World Health Organization, and the 2016 Global Burden of Disease study linked it to 2.9 million deaths that year. While smoking is a significant risk factor for COPD, other environmental exposures and genetics are also thought to influence disease risk.

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Forensic genetic firm Verogen has bought the genetic genealogy site GEDmatch.

Researchers have 3D-printed plastic bunnies that encase the information needed to make more such bunnies in DNA, according to Discover magazine.

Dan Rather, the former CBS Evening News anchor and executive producer of a new documentary, writes at the Guardian that everyone needs to know about CRISPR.

In PNAS this week: analysis of FOXA1 upregulation in ER-positive breast cancer, gene editing to correct recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa, and more.