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David Hogness Dies

David Hogness, a Stanford University biochemist whose work brought together molecular biology and genetics, has died at 94.

In Nature this week: computational approach to find mosaic mutations in sequencing data, and more.

The Moon?

Stat News reports that Patrick Soon-Shiong's Cancer MoonShot 2020 effort has not seen much progress.

Predators' Effects

A new analysis finds that articles published in "predatory" journals do not receive many citations, ScienceInsider reports.

Hans Kornberg Dies

The Guardian reports that Hans Kornberg, a biochemist who studied how organisms turn food and oxygen into energy and mass, has died at the age of 91.

In Genome Biology this week: chromosome evolution analysis of the giant panda, somatic mutations in healthy tissues, and more.

Starting Soon

The Verge reports that the US will begin pilot programs to collect DNA from individuals detained at the border this week.

Editing Ethics

Dalhousie University's Françoise Baylis discusses He Jiankui and the ethics of heritable human genome editing research in a Boston Globe op-ed.

Risk Prediction

USA Today reports on a new test to determine autism risk.

In PNAS this week: extrachromosomal circular DNA in pregnant women's blood plasma, mutation accumulation limited by tissue compartment size, and more.

Researchers in Australia are beginning a trial to offer parents-to-be free genetic testing for about 700 conditions, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

To Find the Cause

The National Health Service in England has begun to sequence the exomes of critically ill infants and children, the Telegraph reports.

For Privacy

An op-ed in the New York Times suggests more education about what sharing children's genetic information means. 

In PLOS this week: consequences of double-strand DNA break repair in E. coli, KRAS mutations in circulating tumor DNA samples, and more.

Nobel-winner Frances Arnold and her colleagues have retracted a paper that appeared recently in Science.

Tree Resilience

BBC News reports that researchers have uncovered genetic markers associated with traits that may make trees more resilient to climate change.

For an Easier Brew

A Canadian brewery and researchers are studying and sequencing the two yeast used to brew a tricky Belgian-style ale, CBC reports.

In Science this week: circulating tumor DNA to identify colorectal cancer and predict survival, and more.

The Associated Press reports that a Chinese medical student has been arrested and is being held without bail after allegedly trying to smuggle cancer research materials out of the US.

Try This One Instead

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports some pharmacies in the area offering genetic testing to guide treatment choices for individuals with mental illnesses.

Long Time to Recover

The New York Times looks into the waning influence of science on US governmental policy-making.

In Nature this week: artificial intelligence system is better at spotting breast cancer than experts and a universal sample multiplexing method for single-cell RNA sequencing.

Jail Sentence Imposed

A Chinese court has sentenced He Jiankui and two others to three years in jail for editing the genomes of infants as embryos.

A number of genomics studies made headlines in the 2010s and more are predicted to do so in the coming year.

The Deseret News reports on an effort in Utah to prevent "dragnet-style" searches of consumer genetic databases.


The Washington Post reports that a Russian Academy of Sciences commission has led to the retraction of hundreds of scientific papers.

The Los Angeles Times' Daily Pilot reports the chief executive of Vantari Genetics has pleaded guilty in a kickback scheme.

News 4 Jax reports that a Florida bill to prevent life and long-term care insurers from using genetic information in their coverage decisions has easily passed one committee.

In Science this week: potentially pathogenic mutations found in hematopoietic stem cells from young healthy donors, and more.