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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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US National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says he will avoid male-only speaker panels.

Two patients fell ill, and one subsequently died, following a fecal microbiome transplant that harbored multi-drug-resistant bacteria, according to the New York Times.

Technology Review reports that eGenesis is testing whether organs from genetically modified pigs can be transplanted into monkeys.

In Science this week: almond reference genome, and more.