This Week in Nature

In Nature Genetics this week, a trio of scientists from the University of Oxford reports a method for the identification of genetic variants that affect trait variability. They develop a two-degree-of-freedom test that jointly tests mean and variance effects to identify these loci, and use it in a linear mixed model for which they provide an efficient algorithm and software.

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A new study finds that a placental protein linked with preeclampsia can be targeted by RNA silencing, according to the New Scientist.

A settlement is expected in a Duke University lawsuit hinging on using falsified data to win grants, Retraction Watch and Science report.

In PNAS this week: approach for analyzing the expression of endogenous retroviruses, circular RNAs that influence host-virus interactions, and more.

A phylogenetic analysis finds that the rare hemimastigotes form their own supra-kingdom, CBC reports.