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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Sequencing could help combat foodborne illnesses, according to a blog post by Food and Drug Administration officials.

Popular Mechanics reports that Caltech researchers have built a prototype nanobot using DNA.

The Sacramento Bee writes that direct-to-consumer genetic testing connected a woman to sperm donor-conceived half siblings.

In PLOS this week: gene expression catalog for sheep, viral diversity among respiratory samples from camels, and more.