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California Institute of Technology's Frances Arnold was awarded half this year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry, while the University of Missouri's George Smith and the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology's Gregory Winter will split the other half.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: transcription levels linked to uracil mutations, transcriptomic analysis of medicinal leech, and more.

The team showed in a study this week that they could detect BRAF mutations in thyroid cancer, and believe the method could also allow blood-based early cancer detection.

Mizzou researcher Elizabeth King plans to use a fruit fly model to study how physiology and genetic makeup change over time in response to certain diets.

Precise Pigs

CRISPR-Cas9 offers possibility of "precision breeding" for livestock, Scientific American writes.

Lykoi cat

A University of Missouri-led team is delving into the genetics of a domestic shorthair cat breed known for its werewolf-like appearance.

Researchers have sequenced and analyzed more than 50 feral and domestic cats in search of genetic variants involved in specific physical features and forms of disease. 

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A team led by researchers from Washington University, Texas A&M University, and the University of Missouri has used comparative genomics to search for genetic signatures associated with biological and behavioral features found in the domestic cat, Felis silvestris c

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Through a study of admixture patterns in domesticated cattle, researchers led by the University of Missouri's Jeremy Taylor have begun to untangle how different breeds are related.

Kaneka of Osaka, Japan, has been awarded US Patent No. 8,546,131, "Method for detecting nucleic acid, and device or kit."
Shigehiko Miyamoto, Tomohisa Kato, Koji Takahashi, and Jun Tomono are named as inventors.

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This year's Breakthrough Prize winners include a pair that developed a therapy for spinal muscular atrophy.

The New York Times reports on how white supremacists misconstrue genetic research, concerning many geneticists.

Researchers find that people's genetics influence their success at university, but that it is not the only factor.

In Nature this week: approach to identify genetic variants that affect trait variability, application of read clouds to microbiome samples, and more.