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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National Geographic reports that marine mammals have lost a gene that could make them more susceptible to organophosphate damage.

NPR reports on Human Cell Atlas Consortium's effort to catalog all the different cell types within the human body.

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