This Week in PLoS

In PLoS Genetics this week, an international team of researchers report that nucleolin is required for DNA methylation and the expression of rRNA gene variants in Arabidopsis thaliana. In plants with a disrupted nucleolin-like protein gene, AtNUC-L1, transcription of rRNA variants is repressed, and the most highly represented rRNA gene variant, inactive in wild-type plants, is reactivated in AtNUC-L1 mutants, the researchers write.

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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 genetics influence their success at university, but that it is 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.