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Yesterday, according to the White House's website, President Bush announced that Francis Collins is one of eight people to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The award honors anyone who has made a serious contribution to the security of the nation, world peace, or another significant cultural endeavor. “Francis S. Collins has revolutionized genetic research.

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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.