Personal genome analysis often offers to uncover hidden insights about what makes people who they are, but Quartz's Philip Ball writes that that's not quite true and argues that the rhetoric is actually harmful.

Such claims, he says, perpetuate the idea that genes are destiny. Instead, Ball notes that a person's genome is "at best a rough sketch of potential yous, shaped and modified by outside influences."

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A new study finds that a placental protein linked with preeclampsia can be targeted by RNA silencing, according to the New Scientist.

A settlement is expected in a Duke University lawsuit hinging on using falsified data to win grants, Retraction Watch and Science report.

In PNAS this week: approach for analyzing the expression of endogenous retroviruses, circular RNAs that influence host-virus interactions, and more.

A phylogenetic analysis finds that the rare hemimastigotes form their own supra-kingdom, CBC reports.