This Week in Nature

In Nature this week, researchers from the University of Edinburgh and elsewhere present the results of an analysis of the genomes of more than 350,000 individuals, uncovering the existence of a small but measureable association between genome-wide homozygosity and certain key, complex traits. Specifically, the investigators found that increased levels of homozygosity correlate negatively with height, lung function, cognitive ability, and educational attainment.

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The Seattle Times writes that pharmacogenomics testing can help choose medications that may work best for people with depression.

Researchers report that deleting one gene from butterflies affects their wing coloration patterns, according to the Washington Post.

In PNAS this week: genome sequencing of weevil symbionts, retinoid X receptor deletion in lung cancer metastasis, and more.

Sequencing could help combat foodborne illnesses, according to a blog post by Food and Drug Administration officials.