Right for the Test

Actress Angelina Jolie wrote an op-ed in the New York Times in 2013 explaining her decision to undergo a preventive double mastectomy after learning that she carried a BRCA1 gene mutation.

This revelation, Canadian researchers reported at American Society of Clinical Oncology Breast Cancer Symposium, not only spurred more women to seek genetic counseling, but mostly drove women at high risk of the disease to pursue testing.

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In PLOS this week: gene fusion in premature ovarian failure, population patterns in the Franciscana dolphin, and more.

A National Science Foundation-funded project aims to give researchers access to a network many times faster than the Internet.

Bioethicists weigh the idea of charging patients to take part in clinical research, coming down against the approach.

Cornell's Christopher Mason and his colleagues correct their New York City microbiome study to emphasize "the difference between matching fragments of DNA from a species and a pathogen."