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Independent research teams have tackled the genetic history of the Levant, Anatolia, and other parts of the Near East to retrace population movement and mixing since the Bronze Age.

In Cell this week: strategy for prophylactic antiviral CRISPR in human cells; influence of obesity, genetics, and hormone signaling on pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma; and more.

In Nature this week: missense variant linked to decreased height among Peruvians, genetic basis of sex-biased vulnerability to certain disorders, and more.

The variant also appears to be under positive selection and is more common among coastal Peruvians.

The Boston-based firm is developing a bacterial diagnostic platform to detect antibiotic resistance and help guide antibiotic treatment in hospitals. 

A GWAS that incorporated magnetic resonance imaging data for UK Biobank participants led to 45 previously undetected risk loci related to dilated cardiomyopathy.

Research institutions in the US and Europe will lead the studies, which will explore different aspects of COVID-19 such as host immune response.

In Genome Research this week: target-mismatched sgRNA in microbial genome editing, strategy to examine gene expression throughout the cell cycle, and more.

The Boston Globe reports Harvard University is paying $1.4 million to settle a claim that a former professor there overcharged work to US federal grants.

The platform can detect a single virus in more than 1,000 samples at a time or more than 160 viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, in a small number of samples.

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Nature News reports that genomics is being applied to trace and try to prevent additional COVID-19 waves.

Rady's Children Hospital and San Diego County are teaming up to test pediatric patients and their families for COVID-19 to gauge the spread of the virus locally, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Wildlife managers aim to boost the genetic diversity of Mexican gray wolves by placing captive-born foster pups into packs with similarly aged wild pups, the Mercury News reports.

In Science this week: Genetic Probability tool identifies likely diagnoses in 45 percent of inflammatory arthritis cases, and more.