With its $35 billion endowment, Harvard has recently been under fire for not using that money to educate more students or giving it to charities. The blogger at Adaptive Complexity argues that Harvard's, or any research university's, purpose isn't to educate undergraduates.

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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.