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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.

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.

Two new studies have delivered a multitude of new markers linked to testicular cancer, as well as a better understanding of the genetic architecture of the disease.

Microbial Influence

Researchers have found a link between the microbiome and certain brain malformations, according to the New York Times.

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Retraction Watch reports that a paper was pulled because it refers to a gene that doesn't exist in mice.

Researchers were able to generate fertilized northern white rhinoceros eggs, according to Mashable.

Former Orig3n employees raise concerns about its testing at Bloomberg Businessweek.

In PLOS this week: microRNA expression changes in hepatocellular carcinoma, real-time PCR-based approach for diagnosing schistosomiasis, and more.