This Week in Science

In a Science paper published online in advance, an international research team describes "a unifying genetic model for facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy," which suggests that "FSHD arises through a toxic gain of function attributable to the stabilized distal DUX4 transcript." They show that patients with FSHD carry specific SNPs, and that this "predisposing configuration creates a canonical polyadenylation signal for transcripts derived from DUX4." In their subsequent tran

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Under a proposed spending bill, the US National Institutes of Health would see an additional $3 billion in funding.

Researchers from the University of Oxford and the University of Sydney sequenced numerous platypus genomes to study their population history.

Robert Redfield, the new pick to lead the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has faced criticism for some of his work.

In Nature this week: sequenced genomes of five additional Neanderthals, and more.