NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A pair of studies online this week in Nature Genetics are providing information on new genetic factors that bump up colorectal cancer risk to varying degrees.

In the first of these, members of the Colorectal Tumor Gene Identification, or CORGI, consortium, the Oxford-Illumina 500 Whole-Genome Sequences, or WGS500, consortium, and others searched for high-penetrance risk factors among individuals with early onset colorectal cancer or related polyp conditions predisposing them to the disease.

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In PLOS this week: locus linked to non-syndromic hearing loss, phylogenetic relationships of Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates, and more.

In a column at Nature, researcher Fyodor Kondrashov worries about the influence of politics on Russian science.

The term 'epigenetics' is being used by quacks to give them a veneer of science, writes Adam Rutherford at the Observer.

The NIH has issued a preliminary guidance for newborn dried blood spot research.