The popular notion that some folks have an affinity for language while others have mathematical minds – as if some unknown cerebral chasm keeps poets from comprehending calculus and theoretical physicists from writing a clear sentence – may have taken a hit this week.

A study published in Nature Communications found that around half of the genes that appear to influence a child's math capabilities also have a hand in reading.

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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.