Target: Mutation

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved "the first therapy to treat an underlying cause of cystic fibrosis, a pill that targets a genetic mutation affecting a small minority of patients suffering from the life-threatening breathing disorder," The Wall Street Journal reports. Vertex Pharmaceuticals' Kalydeco targets G551D, a mutation in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator, or CFTR, gene.

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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.

Researchers report using genotyping to tie together illegal ivory shipments and trace them back to a handful of cartels, the New York Times reports.

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