This Week in Nature

In a paper published online in advance in Nature this week, researchers at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and elsewhere report that mutations in UBQLN2 — which encodes the ubiquitin-like protein ubiquilin 2 — "cause dominantly inherited, chromosome-X-linked ALS [amyotrophic lateral sclerosis] and ALS/dementia." In its functional analyses, the team found evidence linking "abnormalities in ubiquilin 2 to defects in the protein degradation pathway, abnormal

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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.