This Week in Science

In this week's Science, a group of Japanese scientists identify a gene that enables certain rice varieties to grow taller rapidly in response to rising floodwaters. Performing a genome-wide association study using a range of rice varieties, the researchers found that when deepwater rice varieties are submerged,  they amplify a signaling relay in which the gene SD1 is transcriptionally activated and increases synthesis of gibberellins — compounds that promote internode elongation.

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Sometimes genetic tests give inconclusive results and provide little reassurance to patients, the Associated Press reports.

Vox wonders whether gene-editing crops will be viewed similarly as genetically modified organisms of if people will give them a try.

In Science this week: research regulation and reporting requirement reform, and more.

With H3Africa, Charles Rotimi has been working to bolster the representation of African participants and African researchers in genomics, Newsweek reports.