A team of researchers from the University of Washington claims to have identified a gene mutation they believe may contribute to an inherited, early-onset form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Discovering this mutation may lead to insight into the way in which defective motor neurons can damage other kinds of ALS, and “open up” new kinds of pharmacogenomics-based research for motor neuron diseases in general. Learning more about the biological repercussions of the mutation may lead to insights on how motor neurons are damaged in other forms of ALS.

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Vivek Murthy is no longer the surgeon general of the US, the Associated Press reports.

People around the globe took to the streets to support science — some with signs.

Parents who learn of their increased genetic risk of disease also contend with telling their children about theirs, the New York Times writes.

In PLOS this week: loci linked to body mass index measurements, long non-coding RNA expression and urothelial carcinoma prognosis, and more.