UPenn

A genome-wide association study involving almost 1,600 African individuals led to diverse skin pigmentation-associated loci with varied effects on the complex trait.

A new set of papers reveals a range of gene expression influencers, identified using thousands of samples collected for the Genotype-Tissue Expression project.

Beyond BRCA

Mutations in other genes like PALB2 also confer breast cancer risk, the Philadelphia Inquirer writes.

Using data for 34 individuals, researchers tallied human DNA methylation variation across Yakut, Cambodian, Pathan, Mozabite, and Mayan populations.

Investigators identified ties between autism spectrum disorder and mitochondrial haplogroups in mtDNA variant data from nearly 1,000 ASD-affected families.

A new analysis hints that adenocarcinomas or squamous cell carcinomas may have certain overlapping expression patterns, regardless of the tissue of origin.

Investigators are searching for non-invasive biomarkers of rejection and earlier stage graft injury in children and adults who have received kidney transplants.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: genetic diversity of the people of Madagascar, loss-of-function mutations linked to respiratory infection severity, and more.

The presence of these variants also suggested a role for microglia in the development of late-onset Alzheimer's disease, the researchers said.

Mutations in the WDR26 gene appear to contribute to a condition marked by intellectual disability, facial dysmorphism, and movement problems.

Pages

Using DNA to sketch crime victims might not be a great idea, the NYTimes says.

Science has its own problem with sexual harassment. What do we do with the research these abusers produce, Wired asks.

Senate Republicans led by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) are trying to change how the government funds basic research, reports ScienceInsider.

In Science this week: combining genomics and ecology to better understand the effects of natural selection on evolution, and more.