This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: Herpesviridae family virus in primate genome, genetic diversity of HIV-1 in Jilin province, China, and more.

In This Case…

A scenario presented in the New England Journal of Medicine asks readers to decide whether a healthy individual worried about disease risk should undergo genetic testing and, if so, what sort of testing should be recommended.

BRCA, Lawsuits, and Rhetoric

Some good, some bad happenings in Myriad's legal disputes over BRCA tests.

Microbiota of Wounds

Researchers examine bacteria present in soldiers' wounds and their ties to outcomes.

Bold Science

In separate essays, researchers wonder whether Fred Sanger would receive funding in today's climate.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: crow genomes, and more.

That's Great, But Who Pays?

Insurance companies are beginning to shy away from paying for whole-exome sequencing as the volume of testing increases, Reuters reports.

Population Nosedive

Was the passenger pigeon population in a nosedive before it was shot out of the sky?

The Triglycerides of the Matter

Increasing evidence points to a role for the gene APOC3 in triglyceride levels and heart attack.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: diabetes risk variant in Greenlanders, and more.

And All Under 140 Characters

The US Food and Drug Administration has released draft social media guidelines for drug companies.

An Understanding

Cancer centers are increasingly testing patients' tumors for their genetic profiles to guide treatment, Bloomberg reports.

Shoulders of Others

An analysis of patent office codes finds that that a majority of new inventions combine existing technologies in novel ways.