A trio of researchers at Peking University says it has uncovered a gene variant that increases the likelihood that a young adult is in a romantic relationship.

Peking's Xiaolin Zhou and colleagues note, psychological and sociological studies have found that socioeconomic status, looks, and personality all influence romantic relationship formation, but they add that genetic variants are also part of the equation.

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New results from the NASA Twins Study indicate that the immune system may rev up when in space, the Washington Post reports.

Kelvin Droegemeier, the new science advisor, spoke at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting, Geekwire reports.

In PNAS this week: whole-genome assembly for the white shark, paper-based microfluidic method for detecting the malaria parasite, and more.

The World Health Organization has announced the members of its gene-editing committee, according to NPR.