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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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President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Eric Lander to serve as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Associated Press says.

Nature News writes that scientists are trying to figure out how to name the new strains of SARS-CoV-2 that are emerging.

The New York Times reports that researchers are studying identical twins who had COVID-19 to understand the influence of genetics on disease severity.

In PNAS this week: epistasis affecting cystic fibrosis, Tiger rattlesnake genome gives venom insight, 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.