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An analysis of biobank data from Japan, the UK, and Finland found the link between obesity and lifespan was stronger among individuals with European ancestry.

In Nature this week: hybridization and introgression affected genetic diversity of Dutch elm disease, genetic and phenotypic landscape of mitochondria in a Japanese population, and more.

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Nature News reports that researchers in Japan hope to soon test the use of reprogrammed stem cells to treat damaged corneas.

Japanese researchers developed a catalog of HLA alleles that they used to perform a phenome-wide association study of the MHC and about a hundred phenotypes.

The company is developing a single-molecule sequencing technology intended to significantly reduce the cost and improve the accuracy of sequencing.

Given the high yield of miRNA markers they were able to isolate, the researchers believe the approach could be commercialized for routine cancer testing.

A Japanese-led team has performed a theoretical analysis suggesting it may be feasible to use temperature to both denature DNA and to translocate the resulting single-stranded molecule through solid-state nanopores at speeds approaching those needed for sequencing.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – In a pair of studies online yesterday in Nature Genetics, two international research teams described the genome sequencing strategies they're using to study the human malaria parasite Plasmodium vivax and a closely related monkey malaria species,

Medical Diagnostics Laboratories has been awarded US Patent No. 8,206,930, "Compositions and methods for detecting Borrelia afzelii."
Melanie Feola, Martin Adelson, Eli Mordechai, and Lisa Novak are named as inventors on the patent.

Researchers from Japan and the US have identified non-retroviral RNA virus elements in several primate and non-primate mammalian genomes.

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President Donald Trump might not approve the stricter standards the US Food and Drug Administration is developing for authorizing a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to Politico.

Wired reports that Oxitec has now developed a genetically modified fall armyworm.

A large genetic study finds SARS-CoV-2 viruses with a certain variant are spreading more than others, according to the Washington Post.

In Nature this week: sister-chromatid-sensitive chromosome conformation capture approach, and more.