Pacific Biosciences has appointed Lucy Shapiro to its board of directors. Shapiro is currently the Virginia and D.K. Ludwig professor of cancer research and director of the Beckman Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine at Stanford University's School of Medicine. She has been a faculty member at Stanford since 1989. Shapiro is also a co-founder and director of Anacor Pharmaceuticals.

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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.