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The researchers molecularly characterized cells found in cirrhotic tissue that express genes involved in pro-fibrogenic pathways that could be targeted by drugs.

In PNAS this week: spatial transcriptomic approach for quantifying RNA transcripts within subcellular compartments, proteomic study of dental samples from individuals who lived during Ireland's Great Famine, and more.

Researchers uncovered six clusters among the more than 2,500 individuals they analyzed and noted varying degrees of Norse Viking ancestry in their cohort.

In PNAS this week: transcriptomic and epigenomic sequence differences in glioblastoma models, approach to analyze small amounts of extracellular RNA, and more.

In PLOS this week: analysis of polygenic risk scores for skin cancer, chronic pain GWAS, and more.

To Invest in Postdocs

At the Guardian, the University of Edinburgh's Nikolay Ogryzko argues that universities need to better invest in postdocs' careers.

To Stop Bird Flu

Reuters reports that UK researchers have edited chicken cells in the lab to be resistant to bird flu.

Harder to Breathe

Researchers tie a variant in ADAMTS3 to breathing difficulties in dissimilar dog breeds, according to Discover's D-brief blog.

In Genome Biology this week: genomic sequencing of milkweed bug, benchmark comparison of single-cell RNA sequencing platforms, and more.

The Guardian reports that delivery mode seems to affect the makeup of infants' gut microbiomes.

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Russian CRISPR researcher moves along with plans to ultimately alter the genes of embryos of deaf couples, though awaits regulatory approval, Nature News reports.

University of California, San Francisco, researchers have uncovered a gene mutations that appears to make a father-son duo more efficient sleepers.

NPR reports a large health insurer has begun to cover some pharmacogenetic tests for psychiatric drugs.

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of non-syndromic orofacial cleft subtypes, epigenetic and transcriptomic analysis of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, and more.