This Week in PLoS

Columbia University scientists have used microarray analysis to study the effects of epigenetic influences and gene expression patterns on behavioral variability. Using genetically identical mice, their work, published in PLoS ONE this week, shows that variability in large-scale organization of gene expression levels in the hippocampus, rather than differences in the expression levels of specific genes, is associated with individual differences in behavior in the mice.

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The Atlantic reports that genetic counselors are coping with an influx of patients seeking advice on their direct-to-consumer genetic test results.

A small study finds differences between three genomic prostate cancer tests, Medscape reports.

In Nature this week: shared genetic architecture for asthma and allergic diseases, and more.

A survey of Canadians finds them to be divided on genetically modified food, the Ottawa Citizen reports.