This week, the X Prize Foundation kicked off a competition intended to improve the validation protocols that will be used to select the winner of the Archon Genomics X Prize — a project that will award $10 million to the first team to sequence 100 whole human genomes to a high degree of accuracy in 30 days or less.

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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.