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Through a meta-analysis of gene-centric genotype data on more than 100,000 individuals, an international research team has identified common and relatively rare genetic variants associated with human height.

By sequencing and comparing Yersinia pestis isolates from around the world, researchers have uncovered genetic clues about the plague pathogen and its history.

By comparing genetic patterns in BRCA1 mutation carriers with or without breast cancer, an international research team has identified a handful of variants that increase or decrease the breast cancer risk associated with these mutations.

Researchers involved in the CanMap Project genotyped nearly 1,000 wild and domestic dogs and explored how genetic variation corresponds to physical features in the animals.

Using genome-wide association and targeted re-sequencing studies, a Canadian-led research team has uncovered common and rare genetic variants in four genes that are over-represented in individuals with extremely high blood triglyceride levels.

A genome-wide association study involving roughly 2,200 Swiss individuals argues against a role for common variants with major effects in the development of neurotic personality traits.

An international research team reported today in the Journal of the American Medical Association that traditional risk factors are better for predicting heart disease than sets of genetic markers based on either cardiovascular risk SNPs or SNPs linked to related conditions.

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and elsewhere used a genome-wide association study of post-mortem patient tissues to find genetic variants linked to frontotemporal lobar degeneration.

In a paper appearing online in Nature Genetics yesterday, American, Australian, and Moroccan researchers used microarrays to look at environmental and genetic factors affecting white blood cell gene expression in individuals from southern Morocco.

Researchers from two groups have added to the list of systemic lupus erythematosus-related genes, identifying risk variants in Chinese, American, and European populations.


Politico notes that the Biden Administration has not yet nominated a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner. 

Anthony Fauci also informed the World Health Organization executive board that the US would be joining the COVAX initiative, according to CNBC.

A new preprint suggests some SARS-CoV-2 variants could affect the effectiveness of current vaccines, the Associated Press reports.

In Nature this week: Australian lungfish provides details on the movement of vertebrate life from water to land, and more.