This Week in PLOS

A PLOS One study supports the notion the cognitive ability has a heritable basis that involves variants of small effect in many different genes. Researchers from the University of Minnesota used information at roughly 2.5 million imputed or directly genotyped SNPs for a genome-wide association study of general cognitive ability in 7,100 Caucasian individuals who had been assessed for their cognitive wherewithal using IQ tests adjusted to reflect their age.

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The US National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration have proposed changing gene therapy oversight, the Associated Press reports.

Nature News reports that the Salk Institute has asked for the scope of a gender discrimination lawsuit brought against it to be narrowed.

CNBC reports that the sequencing startup Veritas aims to sequence individuals who fall at extremes.

In PLOS this week: genotyping of indigenous North African goats, program to simulate evolve and resequencing studies, and more.