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The test will be designed to detect a protein biomarker in aqueous humor that can be used to determine the severity of glaucoma and to make treatment decisions.

Up in the Trees

Researchers sequenced an ancient DNA from an extinct giant ground sloth to find it is a sister group to one group of modern sloths.

The assay correlates shortened telomere lengths in patients of different ages to potential risks for inherited diseases, such as bone marrow failure syndrome and liver cancer.

Investigators came up with a 182-variant risk score for early-onset coronary artery disease, which they tested on SNP data from UK Biobank participants with or without the condition.

While the virus they found appears old, the researchers found it to be closely related to modern ones, indicating that it has infected people for centuries.

In the Beginning

Researchers model two RNA world scenarios to explore how life on Earth might have emerged, Newsweek reports.

A sequenced variola virus isolate from the 1600s points to a relatively recent common ancestor for viruses involved in 20th century smallpox infections.

Mitochondrial genome sequences from a large glyptodont called Doedicurus suggest glyptodonts were giant members of a lineage in the middle of the armadillo tree. 

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb Daily News) – The Yersinia pestis strains that caused the Plague of Justinian and the later Black Death stemmed from separate introductions of the bacteria from rodents into humans, according to a genomic analysis of Y. pestis.

Researchers from Ontario's McMaster University have used a drug target-based approach to create gene expression signatures that can predict response to two classes of breast cancer chemotherapy drugs.

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A man has confessed to the rape and murder of developmental biologist Suzanne Eaton, according to the New York Times.

The Irish Times reports that US lawmakers and law enforcement agencies are concerned about ties between the US and Chinese genomics firms.

Parents of children with spinal muscular atrophy tell the Washington Post they are pushing to get insurance coverage of Novartis's Zolgensma.

In PNAS this week: gene mutations in individuals with syndromic craniosynostosis, putative colorectal cancer drivers, and more.