recombination

This Week in Science

In Science this week: recombination hotspots, journal website hijacking, and more.

Based on comparisons between piRNA clusters in mouse, rat, and other mammalian genomes, University of Michigan researchers found evidence that piRNAs are likely under positive selection and capable of rapid expansion.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore is now participating in Horizon's "Targeting Cancer Consortium," in which the company supplies its gene-engineering platform to academic researchers, who create cellular disease models that Horizon in-licenses and sells to drug makers.

An international research team has sequenced the 1.4 million base pair genome of a Wolbachia pipientis strain that infects Drosophila simulans and causes cytoplasmic incompatibility during the fly's mating process.

CalTech's Peter Bossaerts and colleagues studied whether giving participants equal shares of an invention, and the right to trade them, is better than existing patent models. Bossaerts discussed some of the study's implications for current patent-based economies in a BTW interview.

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.