A new study in JAMA finds that genetic tests might not be able to determine what diet is right for someone seeking to lose weight.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: structure diversity of alphavirus genomes, assay for detecting SNPs using sequencing-based mismatch detection clues, and more.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: somatic cell nuclear transfer cloning of macaques, high-resolution yeast causal variant map, and more.

The partners are working together to build a registry of genetic and other data for a study of sleep in more than 30,000 individuals.

Following some major integration issues and other data challenges, Stanford is preparing to expand genomic medicine beyond rare diseases and cancer.

Its CEO said that although a hospital screening test for sepsis is a focus, a fever test that informs about antibiotic use could be available sooner.

The funding will support further development of an existing serum-based assay and expansion of the test to use saliva samples.

Immune Issue

Stanford University researchers report that many people may have an immunity to the Cas9 proteins of the CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing machinery, Stat News says.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: Planteome database of reference plant ontologies and other data; algorithm to find rearrangements in cancer genomes; and more.

In an opinion piece at the Washington Post, Stanford University's Hank Greely discusses genome editing and its regulation.


The London School of Economics' Daniele Fanelli argues at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the reproducibility crisis in science isn't as dire as some say.

A team of researchers in Portugal has examined the genomic basis for racing pigeons' athleticism and navigational skills, finding it's likely polygenic.

Wired reports that diagnostic firms continue to seek, post-Theranos, the ability to diagnose diseases from small amounts of blood.

In Science this week: analysis of DNA from ancient North Africans, and more.