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 have sequenced the northern white rhinoceros to gauge whether it could be brought back from the edge of extinction, the New York Times reports.

Bavaria expands its forensic genetic analyses to include DNA phenotyping, raising discrimination concerns.

Tufts University researchers found a role for miRNA in transmitting stress between generations, the Economist reports.

In Science this week: gut microbiome influences liver cancer growth, spread; and more.