NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A new study is adding heft to the notion that cytoskeletal pathway alterations can spur amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

An international effort spearhead by investigators at the University of Massachusetts used exome sequencing to look for genetic glitches behind an inherited form of ALS, which accounts for around 10 percent of ALS cases.

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The New York Times reports that as China invests in science, it also is dealing with research fraud.

In PLOS this week: transcriptome study of a cold-tolerant plant, deep sequencing of clinical influenza A samples, and more.

The Atlantic writes that retrotransposons like BovB have proliferated in a number of genomes.

Researchers have sequenced the genome of a man who lived in China some 40,000 years ago, according to UPI.