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The US Department of Health and Human Services says it has not cancelled a fetal tissue contract with a University of California, San Francisco, lab, Science reports.

The funding is being provided to a number of early-career investigators and collaborative research groups using genomics and other technologies.

The US National Institutes of Health is sending tissue chips to space to study physiological changes that astronauts undergo in microgravity.

Prospective research suggests DNA and RNA sequencing can reveal pathogen, microbiome, and host expression features to detect lower respiratory tract infections.

GWAS summary statistics data led to three main loci with ties to both Alzheimer's and cardiovascular disease, with additional enrichment at lipid-related sites.

The projects are organized by the Eliminate Cancer Initiative, the National Brain Tumor Society, and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

Researchers found that combining tumor and cancer cell line data with their MAGNETIC analysis approach could enhance drug response predictions.

Investigators developed a droplet digital PCR assay targeting driver mutations and found that changes in circulating DNA were correlated with response to radiation.

Using the publicly available ImmPort database, researchers standardized and analyzed immune-related data for more than 10,300 healthy individuals.

Researchers explored the role of de novo variants and copy number alterations in the disease using new and existing exome sequences for children with Tourette disorder and their parents.

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Publication of He Jiankui's work on gene-edited infants would raise ethical concerns for journals, Wired and others report.

The New York Times reports that evidence linking trauma in one generation to epigenetic effects that influence subsequent generations may be overstated.

ScienceInsider reports that US National Institutes of Health researchers were told in the fall they could not obtain new human fetal tissue.

In PNAS this week: skin pigmentation evolution among KhoeSan, biomarkers for dengue virus progression, and more.