The Function Hunters


There was just one problem at all the parties, press conferences, and publications celebrating the completion of the Human Genome Project (again and again and again) — and that problem was the sinking feeling in the pit of scientists’ stomachs as they realized that, even though they’d achieved their goal of sequencing the human genome, they weren’t necessarily all that much closer to understanding what any of it meant.

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The London School of Economics' Daniele Fanelli argues at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the reproducibility crisis in science isn't as dire as some say.

A team of researchers in Portugal has examined the genomic basis for racing pigeons' athleticism and navigational skills, finding it's likely polygenic.

Wired reports that diagnostic firms continue to seek, post-Theranos, the ability to diagnose diseases from small amounts of blood.

In Science this week: analysis of DNA from ancient North Africans, and more.