This Week in PNAS

In the early, online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, an international team led by investigators in the US present findings from a population sequencing study of group A Streptococcus strain belonging to the Emm protein 1 serotype, commonly dubbed "flesh-eating bacteria." By sequencing the genomes of more than 3,600 of these "M1" strains, the researchers retraced the evolution and spread of epidemic group A Streptococcus.

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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.