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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Maria Freire from the Foundation for the NIH calls for "politically popular pledges of support" for the NIH to turn into support for increased funding for the agency.

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The White House says ethical discussions about genome editing of the human germline are needed.