Traitorous Traits

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria like MRSA have proven a challenge to treat, and researchers are looking for new ways to get around, control, or drug these bugs. Scientific American's Katherine Harmon says the answer to the problem may be within the bugs themselves. Two papers recently published in Science show how a certain class of bacteria elude antibiotics using the same mechanisms that help them deal with environmental stress, Harmon says.

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A federal grand jury has indicted Elizabeth Holmes and Ramesh Balwani for alleged wire fraud in conjunction with their activities at Theranos.

Nature News reports that some developers are nervous about GitHub's acquisition by Microsoft.

A direct-to-consumer genetic testing company sent out used spit kits, CNBC reports.

In PLOS this week: comparison of commercial bisulfite kits, new method to predict essential proteins, and more