NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Two studies appearing in Nature Genetics this week have uncovered about a dozen new loci linked to testicular cancer risk.

The novel susceptibility loci are located near genes known to be involved in spermatogenesis, chromosomal segregation, and DNA damage response as well as germ cell specification and telomerase regulation — pathways that have possible biological connections to the development of testicular germ cell tumors.

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In Nature this week: omic analysis of permafrost microbes, hookworm genome, and more.

Biologists turn to environmental DNA sampling to determine whether elusive or invasive species are shedding DNA in a given area.

Rob Knight writes at Scientific American that microbiome studies are about to break out of the laboratory.

Harold Varmus, the director of the National Cancer Institute, has announced that he is stepping down after nearly five years.