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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The president of France's National Research Agency has resigned, according to Nature News.

A senator wants a "right-to-try" provision in the US Food and Drug Administration funding bill, but an ethicist says at Stat News that it would undermine the role of clinical trials.

In PNAS this week: red algae Porphyra umbicalis genome, deep neural network model for sequencing peptides, and more.

The Guardian's Barbara Ellen has tried out some DNA testing services to see whether they provide valuable information.