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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Reuters reports that UK researchers are using gene-editing tools to develop flu-resistant chickens.

Nature calls for genomics to become part of the World Health Organization's cholera surveillance approach.

Vox explores a proposal to institute a lottery system to award grant funds.

In Genome Biology this week: gut microbiome study of individuals from Tanzania and Botswana, sixth version of the Network of Cancer Genes database, and more.