National Institutes of Health Director Elias Zerhouni said this week he is resigning from his position at the end of October "to pursue writing projects and explore other professional opportunities."

In a conference call, Zerhouni said that his departure is timed to synchronize with the end of the current White House administration and that he does not consider the move to be a resignation. He added that he expects Deputy NIH Director Raynard Kington will serve as acting director until a new White House names his successor.

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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.

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