The spread of the sweet potato, Ipomoea batatas, has long puzzled scientists, the New York Times writes, and a new genetic analysis of the crop has not solved the mystery.
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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.