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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A team of researchers from Finland and the US has identified fetal genetic variants — including in a gene involved in axon guidance, neuronal migration, and inflammation — that appear to coincide with spontaneous preterm birth.

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Stephen Hahn, the nominee to lead the US Food and Drug Administration, underwent a Senate confirmation hearing yesterday, the Washington Post reports.

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved an RNA interference drug to treat acute hepatic porphyria.

Gizmodo looks over the past decade of consumer DNA testing to find the field to be lacking.

In Nature this week: native RNA sequencing and analysis of a human poly(A) transcriptome, nanopore sequencing-based method to analyze short tandem repeat expansions, and more.