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A speaker at this year's Biology of Genomes meeting discussed marrying genomics approaches such as CRISPR and single-cell sequencing to study disease causality.

Based on allele fragment sizes and mutational signatures, Europeans may have had shorter generation times than other populations, a Biology of Genomes speaker said.

The Bayesian Estimation of Variants in Regions tool estimates regional heritability using summary statistics from genome-wide association studies.

Apology for Toasting

Eric Lander has apologized for toasting Nobel laureate James Watson, who has espoused racist, sexist, and anti-Semitic views, Stat News reports.

Genome-wide association study hits can uncover potential therapies for conditions like inflammatory bowel disease, a Biology of Genomes speaker said.

A panel at the Biology of Genomes meeting discussed the ethical, legal, and social ramifications of germline gene editing.

Baylor College of Medicine's Olga Dudchenko sad the approach could assemble de novo mammalian genomes for less than $1,000.

In a talk at the meeting, Riken's Piero Carninci described the RADICL-seq tool he and his colleagues developed.

Stanford University's Eilon Sharon used CRISPeY to conduct a genome-wide precise editing study to study the fitness consequences of variants found in different yeast strains.

VC firm Andreessen Horowitz is putting big money into its second biology-focused investment fund in hopes of supporting engineering approaches to science.

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23andMe and Airbnb have partnered to offer "heritage travel," according to Venture Beat.

China may include regulations protecting genes and embryos in its update of its civil code, Nature News reports.

In Nature this week: exome sequence analysis of individuals with type 2 diabetes, genomic prediction of maize yield across environments, and more.

NPR reports on efforts to engineer bacteriophages to destroy antibiotic-resistance bacteria.