This Week in PNAS

In the early, online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team from the UK, China, Denmark, Japan, and the US report on findings from a genome sequencing study of the sand rat, Psammomys obesus, a desert gerbil from North Africa and the Middle East that is prone to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and pancreatic failure in carbohydrate-rich environments.

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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.