NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Several new studies are pointing out the sites in the genome marked by variants that contribute to breast cancer susceptibility.

For the first of the studies, appearing online today in Nature, an international team led by investigators in the UK, the US, and Canada reported on findings from a genome-wide association study involving hundreds of thousands of individuals of European or East Asian ancestry with or without breast cancer.

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NPR reports that with medical data being big business, some companies want to get patients involved.

The Asbury Park Press reports on the startup Genomic Prediction's test to determine an embryo's risk of disease.

In PNAS this week: optical mapping allows glimpse of structural variants, disease-linked GATA2 mutations boosts its protein activity, and more.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has released the results of a genetic ancestry analysis, the Boston Globe reports.

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