Mind the Gaps

Joy Yang, a post-bac fellow at the US National Human Genome Research Institute, dubs Daniel MacArthur et al.'s "systematic survey of loss-of-function variants in human protein-coding genes" — recently published in Science — the "genome advance of the month." Yang says the results of MacArthur and his colleague's study, which drew on 1,000 Genomes Project data, were somewhat surprising.

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The London School of Economics' Daniele Fanelli argues at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the reproducibility crisis in science isn't as dire as some say.

A team of researchers in Portugal has examined the genomic basis for racing pigeons' athleticism and navigational skills, finding it's likely polygenic.

Wired reports that diagnostic firms continue to seek, post-Theranos, the ability to diagnose diseases from small amounts of blood.

In Science this week: analysis of DNA from ancient North Africans, and more.