NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute-led team has identified nine novel loci associated with osteoarthritis risk.

Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, can afflict any joint — commonly the hands, hips, and knees — as the cartilage between bones breaks down. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 30 million adults in the US are affected by osteoarthritis, particularly people over the age of 70.

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Researchers are refining a tool to predict a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, according to the Guardian.

According to Stat News, the partial government shutdown in the US could soon affect the ability of the Food and Drug Administration to review new drugs.

In PNAS this week: gypsy moth genome sequenced, phylogenomic analysis of Polyneopterans, and more.

CNN reports that people's genes tend to have a greater influence on their risk of developing disease than their environment, but it varies by phenotype.