alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency

The test is designed to detect 14 of the most prevalent mutations in the gene responsible for the disease.

The disease is characterized by the accumulation of a mutant protein in the liver, leading to fibrosis, cirrhosis, and potentially cancer.

Robert Redfield is floated as the next director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Washington Post reports.

The New York Times writes that the National Institutes of Health's All of Us Research Program is "ambitious" and that some are concerned it might be overly so.

Representative Lamar Smith's criticism of the National Science Foundation has "changed the nature of the conversation," according to ScienceInsider.

In PLOS this week: non-coding RNA function in yeast, transcriptomic profiles of malaria parasites, and more.