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His Own Research Subject

Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker "has also become something of a scientific guinea pig," says a Technology Review blog post. Pinker is a member of George Church's Personal Genome Project and now has also taken the new Counsyl test for prospective parents — Pinker is a scientific advisor to the company. He and his wife Rebecca Goldstein found that they are both carriers for a mutation linked to familial dysautonomia, a Mendelian disorder of the nervous system. "Children aren't in our cards, we are a little old for that," Pinker says. "But if we had met a few years earlier, before the test had been invented, we would have been playing roulette with our kids."

The Scan

New Study Highlights Role of Genetics in ADHD

Researchers report in Nature Genetics on differences in genetic architecture between ADHD affecting children versus ADHD that persists into adulthood or is diagnosed in adults.

Study Highlights Pitfall of Large Gene Panels in Clinical Genomic Analysis

An analysis in Genetics in Medicine finds that as gene panels get larger, there is an increased chance of uncovering benign candidate variants.

Single-Cell Atlas of Drosophila Embryogenesis

A new paper in Science presents a single-cell atlas of fruit fly embryonic development over time.

Phage Cocktail Holds Promise for IBD

Researchers uncovered a combination phage therapy that targets Klebsiella pneumonia strains among individuals experiencing inflammatory bowel disease flare ups, as they report in Cell.