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A handful of researchers in the US have been spurred to run for office, according to the Los Angeles Times. They hope that their backgrounds in data will appeal to voters and show that they are prepared to be policymakers and problem-solvers.

"Our skill set works: We analyze complex information and make it understandable to people," says Kathie Allen, a physician who is running for Congress in Utah.

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Bioethicists disagree with a research team's decision to allow the return of risk results for adult-onset conditions from a newborn sequencing project, according to Reuters.

Alterations to particular gene may enable the Quechua of Peru to better tolerate high-altitude life, Ars Technica reports.

Nature News reports that additional South Korean researchers have included the names of children on scientific papers when they did not contribute to the work.

In PLOS this week: statistical approach to prioritize rare variant searches, gene expression alterations in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and more.