This Week in PLoS

In PLoS Genetics this week, a large, international research consortium reports data from its two-stage genome-wide association study to determine whether common genetic variants modify penetrance for BRCA2 mutation carriers. First, the team genotyped nearly 600,000 SNPs from more than 800 young affected and unaffected carriers, and stratified the individuals based on their BRCA2*6174delT status.

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This year's Breakthrough Prize winners include a pair that developed a therapy for spinal muscular atrophy.

The New York Times reports on how white supremacists misconstrue genetic research, concerning many geneticists.

Researchers find that people's genetic influence their success at university, but that it's not the only factor.

In Nature this week: approach to identify genetic variants that affect trait variability, application of read clouds to microbiome samples, and more.