The US Justice Department is investigating hiring practices at tech and biotech companies, including Google, Apple, Yahoo, and Genentech, says the New York Times. The antitrust investigation is looking into whether there is a gentleman's agreement among the companies to not actively recruit each other's employees. "Most companies have a hands-off list," says Ken Perluss, a former director for talent acquisition at Yahoo.

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The Associated Press reports that the US government wasted $341,000 on travel by former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

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The Wall Street Journal writes that participating in genetic research brings up the specter of past research ethics lapses for some African Americans.

In PLOS this week: sequences influencing yeast prion aggregation or degradation, dengue virus genetic variants affect transmission dynamics, and more.