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President Obama has named Regina Benjamin to be the surgeon general. Benjamin opened a rural health clinic in a small shrimping village on the Gulf Coast of Alabama; the clinic was subsequently destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, rebuilt, and then burned down the day before it was to re-open, says the New York Times. Benjamin was also one of the 2008 recipients of the MacArthur Foundation's $500,000 genius awards.

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Researchers tie a variant in ADAMTS3 to breathing difficulties in dissimilar dog breeds, according to Discover's D-brief blog.

The Japan Times reports that researchers sequenced the genome of a woman who lived during the Jomon period.

Parents of children with rare genetic disease have to contend with shifts in the interpretation of genetic variants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

In Science this week: single-nucleus RNA sequencing of brain tissue from individuals with autism, and more.