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Biochemist and Noble laureate Arthur Kornberg died on Friday; he was 89. Kornberg won the Nobel Prize in medicine for discovering DNA polymerase, as well as was the first to produce the active inner core of a virus in the lab. His passion for enzymology and faith that all metabolic reactions could be reproduced in a test tube helped birth the field of genetic engineering.

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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.