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Just Because You're Good at Something...

Title IX, the law prohibiting sex discrimination in education, has recently been extended to science. NSF, NASA, and the DOE have set up programs to look for sexual discrimination at universities receiving federal grants, the NYT reports. Critics say that science departments shouldn't have to fill quotas, with studies suggesting that there isn't much bias if women's interests are calibrated for. "Creating equal opportunities for women does not mean that they'll choose what men choose in equal numbers," clinical psychologist and columnist Susan Pinker says.

The Scan

Study Links Genetic Risk for ADHD With Alzheimer's Disease

A higher polygenic risk score for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is also linked to cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease, a new study in Molecular Psychiatry finds.

Study Offers Insights Into Role of Structural Variants in Cancer

A new study in Nature using cell lines shows that structural variants can enable oncogene activation.

Computer Model Uses Genetics, Health Data to Predict Mental Disorders

A new model in JAMA Psychiatry finds combining genetic and health record data can predict a mental disorder diagnosis before one is made clinically.

Study Tracks Off-Target Gene Edits Linked to Epigenetic Features

Using machine learning, researchers characterize in BMC Genomics the potential off-target effects of 19 computed or experimentally determined epigenetic features during CRISPR-Cas9 editing.