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In Nature this week, investigators from the US and Mexico present a study demonstrating how genome-wide association studies can benefit from the use of diverse populations. To date, most drug discovery is conducted using genetic data from individuals of European descent despite the differences in genetic architecture and/or causal variants between populations, they write.

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Stephen Hahn, the nominee to lead the US Food and Drug Administration, underwent a Senate confirmation hearing yesterday, the Washington Post reports.

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved an RNA interference drug to treat acute hepatic porphyria.

Gizmodo looks over the past decade of consumer DNA testing to find the field to be lacking.

In Nature this week: native RNA sequencing and analysis of a human poly(A) transcriptome, nanopore sequencing-based method to analyze short tandem repeat expansions, and more.