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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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University of Idaho researchers model the scientific discovery process to examine the link between reproducibility and scientific truth.

A bill passed by a US House of Representatives appropriations subcommittee would give scientific agencies including the National Science Foundation boosts in funding.

Relocating USDA agencies outside of Washington, DC, may make them less effective, critics of the move tell NPR.

In PLOS this week: genes that help Borrelia burgdorferi survive in ticks, CiliaCarta collection of about 1,000 suspected cilia genes, and more.