This Week in PLoS

In PLoS Genetics this week, a team led my MIT researchers has found a latent pro-survival function for the mir-290-295 cluster, the dominant miRNA cluster in mouse embryonic stem cells. By examining a target list generated from bioinformatic prediction, as well as expression data following miRNA loss, the team found that apoptotic regulators were strongly enriched.

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Using DNA to sketch crime victims might not be a great idea, the NYTimes says.

Science has its own problem with sexual harassment. What do we do with the research these abusers produce, Wired asks.

Senate Republicans led by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) are trying to change how the government funds basic research, reports ScienceInsider.

In Science this week: combining genomics and ecology to better understand the effects of natural selection on evolution, and more.