One of the variants leads to increased phosphorylation of a signaling pathway as well as to increased cell proliferation, hinting at how it contributes to disease risk.
Exome sequences from thousands of Chinese individuals with or without esophageal squamous cell carcinoma led to six new germline risk variants.
The researchers found that most advanced EGFR-mutant lung cancer patients harbored changes in an average of two to three other oncogenes.
A pair of studies has uncovered additional loci and ancestry-specific variants that are associated with plasma lipid levels and coronary artery disease risk.
In PNAS this week: high-altitude adaptation signature among Tibetans, de novo mutations in early-onset high myopia, and more.
An exome-wide association study involving almost 2,800 individuals with dilated cardiomyopathy led to six new and two known susceptibility loci.
A meta-analysis of hundreds of thousands of individuals led to several dozen rare or low-frequency variants with relatively pronounced effects on height.
An exome-wide association study drew attention to a rare variant in TM2D3 that is more common among people of Icelandic heritage.
A rare autosomal variant and common X-linked variant study produced new associations between first-menstruation timing and rare autosomal variants.
A missense change in CDKN2A turned up through a genome-wide association study involving thousands of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia cases and controls.
Though many details have yet to be worked out, the draft deal for the UK's withdrawal from the EU is giving researchers some hints for what they can expect, Nature News says.
DNA testing has solved a 100-year-old mystery contained in the skull and teeth samples of a now-extinct monkey that once inhabited Jamaica, Gizmodo reports.
As the UN ponders a ban on gene drives, one malaria researcher says there are less dramatic ways to fight the disease in Africa than unleashing GM mosquitoes on a whole continent.
In Nature this week: an improved reference genome of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, genomes of four species of truffles, and more.