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 Jackson Laboratory has filed a complaint accusing Nanjing University of breeding and re-selling its mouse models, the Hartford Courant reports.

Oxford researchers are turning to virtual reality to visualize genes and regulatory elements, Phys.org says.

In Science this week: neutrophils rely on microRNA to protect against lung inflammation, and more.

China is moving forward with plans to sequence a million citizens, the Wall Street Journal reports.