Ancient DNA galore!

At the turn of the 21 century, did anything look more robust than the Out-of-Africa hypothesis? Not to me. I learned about it during my undergraduate studies in Biology, which I had started in 2001. Such a fascinating topic! And easy indeed! Just some small bits about the life history of some sister species like…

GWAS in Nature Genetics. The end?

Is Nature Genetics considering to publish a “non-GWAS paper”?! Really?! This is at least what “The Allium” has been reporting. Big news, certainly… but we have to wait until these rumours are confirmed. Anyway, this might represent a key moment in history. I can only but ask, when nothing else but rare variant studies are…

Go Neuroscience Go!

Nature has recently summarized the evolution of the number of PhDs in Biomedicine awarded in the US. The data comes from a report by the NSF (haven’t read it), and tells us of the picture for the first decade of the 21st century. Even if I have been a witness, as I started my undergraduate…

Rare variants and type 2 diabetes: not a love-story

Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) are getting old, turning ten next year. From 2014, we can now look back and identify the mood swings we faced during our particular gold-rush for common genetic variants associated to disease. The ‘GWAS era’ (2005-?) is starting to look even boring, indeed! We now know what to expect (lesson 1:¬†whenever…