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In PLOS Genetics, researchers from the US and Canada describe a computational strategy for improving gene set analysis testing in genome-wide association studies. The team's "Generalized Berk-Jones" (GBJ) statistic-based tests "that possess both rigorous statistical motivation and excellent performance in application," the authors say, to replace prior methods that include ad hoc steps or other potential confounders.

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US National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says he will avoid male-only speaker panels.

Two patients fell ill, and one subsequently died, following a fecal microbiome transplant that harbored multi-drug-resistant bacteria, according to the New York Times.

Technology Review reports that eGenesis is testing whether organs from genetically modified pigs can be transplanted into monkeys.

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