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Word's out on who will lead the US Department of Energy -- home of the Joint Genome Institute -- in the Obama administration: physicist and Nobel laureate Steven Chu, according to this article in the New York Times. Chu is currently director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he has been an advocate for biofuel research, among other things.

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Bioethicists disagree with a research team's decision to allow the return of risk results for adult-onset conditions from a newborn sequencing project, according to Reuters.

Alterations to particular gene may enable the Quechua of Peru to better tolerate high-altitude life, Ars Technica reports.

Nature News reports that additional South Korean researchers have included the names of children on scientific papers when they did not contribute to the work.

In PLOS this week: statistical approach to prioritize rare variant searches, gene expression alterations in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and more.