This Week in Cell

An international team led by investigators at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute reports on findings from a functional profiling analysis of the Plasmodium genome. The researchers tapped nearly 2,600 barcoded knockout mutant versions of the P. berghei malaria parasite, producing pools of knockout mutants for competitive growth assays in mice. By tracking barcode abundance with a sequencing approach dubbed BarSeq, they got a look at the essential core genome for P.

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Berkeley researchers have engineered yeast to make the molecule behind the hoppy taste of beer, Quartz reports.

King's College London researchers examine the influence of school type and genetics on academic achievement.

FiveThirtyEight writes that most who take a direct-to-consumer BRCA1/2 genetic test won't learn much from it.

In Science this week: early life experience influence somatic variation in the genome, and more.