Francis Collins delivered the keynote speech at the 8th annual National Postdoctoral Association meeting in Philadelphia on March 13. According to the NPA, Collins referred to his own experiences as a postdoctoral researcher, saying, "The mix of the joy and the pain is characteristic of science in general… it was a very up and down experience."

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This year's Breakthrough Prize winners include a pair that developed a therapy for spinal muscular atrophy.

The New York Times reports on how white supremacists misconstrue genetic research, concerning many geneticists.

Researchers find that people's genetics influence their success at university, but that it is not the only factor.

In Nature this week: approach to identify genetic variants that affect trait variability, application of read clouds to microbiome samples, and more.