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New York City will play host to a World Science Festival at the end of May, reports the New York Times. Universities, museums, and even Muppets will take part in the weekend-long tribute to igniting public conversation around science. "The general public by and large doesn't connect with science in a significant way," Columbia physicist and organizer Brian Greene said in the article.

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Bioethicists disagree with a research team's decision to allow the return of risk results for adult-onset conditions from a newborn sequencing project, according to Reuters.

Alterations to particular gene may enable the Quechua of Peru to better tolerate high-altitude life, Ars Technica reports.

Nature News reports that additional South Korean researchers have included the names of children on scientific papers when they did not contribute to the work.

In PLOS this week: statistical approach to prioritize rare variant searches, gene expression alterations in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and more.