The New York Times book reviews this weekend covers Blood Matters, a book by Moscow-based journalist Masha Gessen, who describes her experiences and the effect on her family of testing positive for the BRCA1 mutation. The Times calls the book very funny and liberating, and concludes that "it's also very lucid, even when the science gets complex."


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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.