- Peter Frost: Blonde jokes aren't funny.
- Dienekes: Population structure in Ireland and Britain; Y chromosome haplogroup I and disease-based selection.
- Nature News: "['missing'] heritability may not be missing — it may simply be buried deeper than previously thought, in a multitude of genetic variants that have tiny effects individually."
the new work, rather than considering SNPs one by one, uses a statistical analysis that considers what effect all the SNPs together have on height. "We explained more than half of the genetic variation in height," says Peter Visscher, a quantitative geneticist at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Brisbane, Australia, who led the study. A further analysis suggests that another batch of SNPs, less common than those picked up by GWAS, might explain the rest of the heritability of height.
- Wellcome Trust launches study of 10,000 human genomes in UK.
- Daniel MacArthur: Consumer genetics needs more transparency, not excessive regulation; 23andMe research article finally published.
- Archaeological excavation at the Fairbanks House (oldest extant timber-frame house in America).