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This Week in PLOS

A study in PLOS Genetics looks at how an individual's genetic background affects the phenotype elicited by various genetic alterations. Using a genome-wide screen for modifiers of a wing-related allele in two Drosophila melanogaster genetic backgrounds, Michigan State University researchers found that almost three-quarters of the modifiers identified had variable effects depending on the broader genetic background.

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The final text of the bill to reauthorize the America COMPETES Act might smooth over the differences between NSF and the House science committee, ScienceInsider says.

Four Republican lawmakers urge President-elect Donald Trump to keep Francis Collins as NIH director, Stat News reports.

In Genome Research this week: Platinum variant catalog, algorithmic strategy for upgrading fragmented assemblies, and more.

Sequencing of a 10,000-year-old mummy leads to its repatriation to the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe, Nature News reports.