Producing Platelets

Researchers at Birmingham University in the UK have found that the G6b-B gene regulates platelet production, with possible implications for both bleeding and clotting disorders, The Guardian reports. The article focuses on a small boy whose blood does not easily clot. "As things stand at present, Noah will never be able to play contact sports like rugby, or box, or join the armed forces.

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Researchers find that historical factors influence which genes are the most highly studied, the Atlantic reports.

The US National Science Foundation's new sexual harassment policy is to go into effect next month, according to Nature News.

In Nature this week: genomic ancestry analysis of Sardinians, current noncoding mutations in colorectal cancer, and more.

In a statement, National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says sexual harassment is "morally indefensible" and "unacceptable."