This Week in Science

In this week's Science, a multi-institute team of researchers report on the discovery that a specific mutation that causes nerve cell death only functions in the presence of a second mutation, offering insights into how a person's genetic makeup can influence disease development. In mouse experiments, the scientists found that the loss of a specific protein involved in the ribosome recycling led to ribosome stalling and widespread neurodegeneration, but only in one particular genetic background.

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In a statement, National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says sexual harassment is "morally indefensible" and "unacceptable."

Octopuses might owe their intelligence to their liberal alterations to their genes, Cosmos reports.

Stat News and ProPublica report that African Americans are underrepresented in cancer clinical trials.

In Cell this week: genomic analysis of abdominal aortic aneurysm, effect of probiotics on the microbiome, and more.