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Research continues to show that it is possible to detect genetic signs of cancer in a blood sample without the need to measure specific oncogenic mutations.

New research suggests that the physicochemical changes to DNA in a cancer-related methylation landscape can alter a DNA molecule's affinity for gold substrates.

Turns Pink

Researchers have harnessed how epigenetic reprogramming alters the genome's physicochemical properties to develop a cancer test, the Guardian reports.

A Mendelian analysis hints that variants implicated in bitter taste perception may affect a person's preference for coffee, tea, and/or alcohol.

Australian researchers aim to gauge how much medical students there understand genomic medicine, according to the Australian.

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Researchers identified a diverse toxin gene superfamily using venom-related tissue transcripts and venom peptides from the giant red bull ant.

An international team of researchers combined data from seven cohorts to uncover 30 novel depression-linked loci, including ones that overlap with schizophrenia.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: tool for examining transcription factor-DNA binding intensities, algorithm for classifying metagenomic sequence data, and more.

Still Evolving

A new paper in PNAS finds that people are still evolving, but with increased pressure on weight and decreased pressure on intelligence.

The team developed an equipment-free dipstick device using untreated cellulose-based paper to quickly collect and purify genetic material for amplification.

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A genome-wide association study highlights a potential role for hair follicles in acne risk, according to New Scientist.

Newsday reports that breast cancer genetic testing guidelines for are out of date and may miss individuals.

In Cell this week: gene editing-based strategy to screen for immune system regulators, ancient plague patterns, and more.

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