This Week in PLOS

Pennsylvania State University's Marylyn Ritchie and her colleagues report in PLOS Genetics that the natural frequency of rare variants is a common confounder of genetic analyses. The researchers applied a collapsing method called BioBin to whole-genome population data from individuals from 1000 Genomes Project Phase I data to search for aggregate differences in low frequency variation between populations.

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The London School of Economics' Daniele Fanelli argues at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the reproducibility crisis in science isn't as dire as some say.

A team of researchers in Portugal has examined the genomic basis for racing pigeons' athleticism and navigational skills, finding it's likely polygenic.

Wired reports that diagnostic firms continue to seek, post-Theranos, the ability to diagnose diseases from small amounts of blood.

In Science this week: analysis of DNA from ancient North Africans, and more.