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The University of California, Santa Cruz, Genome Bioinformatics team has released an updated opossum Genome Browser, UCSC version monDom5, which corresponds to the Broad Institute's October 2006 assembly.

This draft of the opossum genome has approximately 6.8x coverage, with nearly 3.61 billion base pairs including gaps contained on chromosomes 1-8, X, mitochondrial DNA, and unmapped clone contigs. The N50 of the scaffolds including gaps is 60,456 kb; the N50 without gaps is 110 kb.

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Genetic Risk Factors for Hypertension Can Help Identify Those at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Genetically predicted high blood pressure risk is also associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, a new JAMA Cardiology study says.

Circulating Tumor DNA Linked to Post-Treatment Relapse in Breast Cancer

Post-treatment detection of circulating tumor DNA may identify breast cancer patients who are more likely to relapse, a new JCO Precision Oncology study finds.

Genetics Influence Level of Depression Tied to Trauma Exposure, Study Finds

Researchers examine the interplay of trauma, genetics, and major depressive disorder in JAMA Psychiatry.

UCLA Team Reports Cost-Effective Liquid Biopsy Approach for Cancer Detection

The researchers report in Nature Communications that their liquid biopsy approach has high specificity in detecting all- and early-stage cancers.