THIS IS not a column about whether the National Institutes of Health should continue to fund stem cell research. Having said that, my own view is that stem cells are neither less nor more important as tools for curing or treating diseases than other technologies. More to the point, genomics offers many more ways to detect and prevent disease than does stem cell technology (and indeed, without genomics, the mutations and glitches all manner of stem cells encounter en route to becoming differentiated may never be overcome).

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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.