By Monica Heger

Sequencing both the exome and the transcriptome in cancer samples could help researchers zero in on variants that affect allele-specific expression and loss of heterozygosity, which could ultimately aid in the search for tumor suppressor genes, according to a team of researchers from the J. Craig Venter Institute, the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, and other institutions.

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A new study in JAMA finds that genetic tests might not be able to determine what diet is right for someone seeking to lose weight.

A genome-wide association study that linked common genetic variants to salivary gland carcinoma risk has been retracted, according to Retraction Watch.

Vampire bats' ability to live off blood is etched in their genomes and gut microbiomes, the Scientist reports.

In Genome Biology this week: peopling of the Sahara, epigenetic reprogramming analysis of liverwort, and more.