NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The short stature found in a pygmy population from Indonesia's Flores Island seems to stem from selection affecting the fatty acid desaturase (FADS) gene cluster and height-related variants shared with other human populations rather than from archaic introgression from Homo floresiensis, a diminutive archaic hominin that once lived on the same island, according to a new study.

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Publication of He Jiankui's work on gene-edited infants would raise ethical concerns for journals, Wired and others report.

The New York Times reports that evidence linking trauma in one generation to epigenetic effects that influence subsequent generations may be overstated.

ScienceInsider reports that US National Institutes of Health researchers were told in the fall they could not obtain new human fetal tissue.

In PNAS this week: skin pigmentation evolution among KhoeSan, biomarkers for dengue virus progression, and more.

Dec
12
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This webinar will discuss the use of shotgun metagenomics to identify children at risk of hospital-acquired infection.

Jan
31
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Roche

This webinar highlights the use of single-cell genomics to identify distinct cell types and states associated with enhanced immunity.