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Harris Lewin, the new vice chancellor of research at the University of California, Davis, won the 2011 Wolf Prize in Agriculture for contributing to the understanding of immunogenetics and disease resistance. He shares the prize with Washington State University's James Cook.

Mark Lathrop is the new scientific director of the McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre. He helped found the Centre National de Génotypage in Paris and was a co-founder and the first scientific director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics.

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Berkeley researchers have engineered yeast to make the molecule behind the hoppy taste of beer, Quartz reports.

King's College London researchers examine the influence of school type and genetics on academic achievement.

FiveThirtyEight writes that most who take a direct-to-consumer BRCA1/2 genetic test won't learn much from it.

In Science this week: early life experience influence somatic variation in the genome, and more.

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