This Week in PLoS

In PLoS One this week, investigators at Harvard Medical School and elsewhere report on a microdroplet-based method they've developed to rapidly isolate viable single cells from heterogeneous solutions in order to obtain total RNA from them. The team says its method, performed on an automated platform, enables "high-throughput cell manipulation for subsequent genomic analysis" and requires "fewer handling steps compared to existing methods."

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Researchers describe a way to share data while keeping it secure, Agence France Presse reports.

In Science this week: genetic mutations typically associated with esophageal cancer are common in older, healthy individuals, and more.

India's Council of Scientific and Industrial Research has a new director-general, according to ScienceInsider.

A new study links more than a hundred genes to autism spectrum disorder, Discover's D-brief blog reports.