Nature Publishing Group has purchased a majority investment in open-access publisher Frontiers, the Nature News Blog reports. Kamila Markram, a Swiss Federal Institute of Lausanne neuroscientist, co-founded the company in 2007 and it now publishes 14 journals, which put out a total of 5,000 articles last year.

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NPR reports that with medical data being big business, some companies want to get patients involved.

The Asbury Park Press reports on the startup Genomic Prediction's test to determine an embryo's risk of disease.

In PNAS this week: optical mapping allows glimpse of structural variants, disease-linked GATA2 mutations boosts its protein activity, and more.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has released the results of a genetic ancestry analysis, the Boston Globe reports.