Many cell cultures that researchers rely on aren't quite what they seem. As Retraction Watch reports, about one in six researchers working with human cells aren't using the right cell lines. In a guest post there, Amanda Capes-Davis, chair of the International Cell Line Authentication Committee, argues that researchers must authenticate their cell lines.

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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.