David Epstein at Sports Illustrated rounds up expert opinions about what he calls "the genetic playbook." In speaking with various geneticists, Epstein notes that all humans are distance runners from an evolutionary standpoint, and that "as more and more genes with subtle effects on athleticism have been identified, the predictive value of any single-gene test for talent … has fallen essentially to nil." Yannis Pitsiladis, a biologist at the University of Glasgow, has been c

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The New York Times and ProPublica say that many physicians fail to disclose their financial ties when publishing in medical journals.

The Wall Street Journal reports Human Longevity's valuation has dropped by 80 percent.

Science reports that the US National Cancer Institute is cutting its operating budget by 5 percent.

In PLOS this week: similar variants seen in bullbogs, people with Robinow syndrome; ApoE genotypes in African-American, Puerto Rican populations; and more.