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In Nature this week: watching TV may be a risk factor for coronary artery disease, genomes of five cotton species, and more.

In PNAS this week: analysis of 1,200 high-coverage Samoan genome sequences, metabolites associated with frailty among the elderly, and more.

A new analysis from a UCSD-led team has found that the mutation affecting the ACTL6B gene affects chromatin accessibility and transcription activity.

Researchers re-examined whole-genome and whole-transcriptome sequencing TCGA studies from 33 cancer types and found unique microbial signatures.

Metabolite Trail

The Economist reports that it is increasingly easier to analyze the metabolites people give off, potentially revealing personal information about them.

The findings, published this week in mSystems, could help studies examining the role of microbes in aging and aging-related diseases.

The company has been collecting data on broader applicability of its electric field chip technology for potential use in DNA, RNA, exosome, and protein applications.

Tapering Suit

ScienceInsider reports six researchers are suing the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research for "tapering" their funding. 

With the participation of five cancer centers and clinics, Taproot is hoping to build a national, prospective data registry that is much needed but has been difficult to advance to date.

The grants were awarded through the organization's Diagnostic Accelerator, a partnership between the charity and various philanthropic partners.

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New analyses indicate female researchers are publishing less during the coronavirus pandemic than male researchers, according to Nature News.

A study suggests people with the ApoE e4 genotype may be more likely to have severe COVID-19 than those with other genotypes, the Guardian says.

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies are searching for a genetic reason for why some people, but not others, become gravely ill with COVID-19, the Detroit Free Press reports.

In PNAS this week: forward genetics-base analysis of retinal development, interactions of T cell receptors with neoantigens in colorectal cancer, and more.