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The Philosopher's DNA

The Telegraph reports that philosopher Jeremy Bentham is to have his DNA tested.

With new gene sequencing panels, investigators made firm or possible diagnoses in almost one-third of undiagnosed autoinflammation and vasculitis cases.

Researchers led by the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute also reported that combined chromothripsis and amplification might be a driving mechanism of osteosarcoma.

Saphetor's software-as-a-service platform automatically annotates and classifies genetic variants from next-generation sequencing data.

Researchers applied a SNP heritability model called LDAK to genetic data for a range of human traits, uncovering relatively high levels of variance explained by SNPs.

The researchers noted that 93 of the newly identified loci are found in both African-American and European populations, and only 18 are European-specific.

Geneticist David Latchman tells Nature News he did not produce or oversee the production of images at the center of the research misconduct investigation he's involved in.

Doing Well

Two children treated with a gene-editing therapy for their leukemia are healthy a year later, according to New Scientist.

Researchers have released new tools for analyzing epigenomic data as part of the International Human Epigenome Consortium.

At the Guardian, Jenny Rohn describes one ongoing approach to promote equality in the sciences.

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Rare gene mutations are guiding the search for drugs to manage chronic pain without opioids, according to CNBC.

The new Francis Crick Institute building can get too noisy for some researchers to concentrate, according to the Guardian.

CBS News reports that there are still many vacancies at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, but that it's uncertain whether they will be filled.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: pipeline to analyze and visualize bacterial genomes, database of global set of human genomes, and more.