This Week in PLOS

In PLOS Genetics, researchers from the UK, the Netherlands, and elsewhere describe a non-synonymous variant in the NFLXL1 gene that appears to contribute to a language condition called specific language impairment (SLI) that's particularly common in an admixed founder population on Chile's Robinson Crusoe Island. The team tracked down suspicious variants in NFLXL1 and eight other genes by exome sequencing on five related individuals from the population, all affected by SLI.

Get the full story

This story is free
for registered users

Registering provides access to this and other free content.

Register now.

Already have an account?
Login Now.

While gene therapies may have high price tags, they could be cheaper than the cost of managing disease, according to MIT's Technology Review.

Researchers are looking for markers that indicate which cancer patients may respond to immunotherapies, the Associated Press writes.

In Nature this week: paternal age associated with de novo mutations in children, and more.

Nature News writes that researchers are still wrangling over the role of the p-value.