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NEW YORK – An international team from the US and South Africa has characterized genetic contributors to schizophrenia in the Xhosa population from South Africa, identifying rare variants in brain-related pathways that overlap with those described in other populations.

While the rates of schizophrenia among the Xhosa are on par with those in other human populations, the researchers explained, the work provided an opportunity to dig into the genetics of this condition in an ancestral African population, which harbors more genetic variation than non-African populations.

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The Guardian reports that visa costs could prevent scientists and others from coming to the UK.

The Trump Administration is reconsidering its plan to issue an executive order to require federally funded research to be freely available upon publication, Times Higher Education reports.

Nature News says some preprint repositories may close down due to a lack of funds to cover costs.

In Nature this week: framework for analyzing cancer mutational signatures, treatment resistance in small cell lung cancer followed by increased intratumoral heterogeneity, and more.

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Mar
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