A clone of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus that expanded rapidly throughout the world has variable recombination rates, researchers led by the University of Bath's Edward Feil report in Genome Biology. Using the Bayesian Recombination Tracker, or BRATNextGen, the researchers examined evidence of recombination in sequence data from 165 MRSA isolates from around the world.

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Jay Shendure and his colleagues have developed a new method to more comprehensively identify human cell types, the NY Times reports.

Researchers in the UK and Japan have shown that infertility in mice with three sex chromosomes can be overcome, according to the Guardian.

China is embracing preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Nature News reports. 

In PLOS this week: host genetic factors associated with cervical neoplasia progression, population patterns for an ancient flowering rainforest plant, and more.