This Week in PLOS

In PLOS Genetics, researchers from Harvard University, the Broad Institute, and elsewhere describe a recombination density-based scheme for calibrating mutation rates in human genomes. The team applied the approach — which relies on clues from fine-scale recombination mapping to track mutation accumulations — to diploid genome sequences from eight individuals from non-African populations.

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This year's Breakthrough Prize winners include a pair that developed a therapy for spinal muscular atrophy.

The New York Times reports on how white supremacists misconstrue genetic research, concerning many geneticists.

Researchers find that people's genetics influence their success at university, but that it is not the only factor.

In Nature this week: approach to identify genetic variants that affect trait variability, application of read clouds to microbiome samples, and more.