NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The New York Genome Center has made a number of new hires.

Toby Bloom is the center's deputy scientific director of informatics. She joins the NYGC from the Broad Institute, where she was director of informatics for the Genome Sequencing Center.

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In Nature this week: association between genome-wide homozygosity and traits like height and cognitive ability, improved CRISPR-Cas9 editing, and more.

A survey examines how age, political leanings, and more influence how Americans view certain scientific topics, the Associated Press reports.

A researcher who pleaded guilty to making false statements in research reports has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison and must pay $7.2 million back to the NIH.

The BabySeq project to study the risks and benefits of sequencing newborns is underway.