NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Two studies published this week are offering a look at the genetics behind meningioma, a type of primary central nervous system tumor.

In Nature Genetics, a Boston-based research team did whole-genome or whole-exome sequencing on matched tumor-normal samples from 17 individuals with meningioma, followed by targeted sequencing of suspicious genes in four-dozen more meningioma tumors.

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In Nature this week: omic analysis of permafrost microbes, hookworm genome, and more.

Biologists turn to environmental DNA sampling to determine whether elusive or invasive species are shedding DNA in a given area.

Rob Knight writes at Scientific American that microbiome studies are about to break out of the laboratory.

Harold Varmus, the director of the National Cancer Institute, has announced that he is stepping down after nearly five years.