This Week in PLoS

Researchers at MIT and elsewhere report in this week's PLoS Genetics on their comparative and functional genomics investigation of Rhodococcus opacus PD630 for potential biofuel development. The team sequenced the 9.27 Mb genome, and via metabolic reconstruction found 8,632 genes that they assigned to 2,017 metabolic reactions. Of all metabolic reaction-associated genes, the team found "261 ... were implicated in the R.

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Women with breast or ovarian cancer living in medically underserved regions of the US are less likely to get recommended BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic testing, according to a new study.

Three immunology researchers are to receive this year's Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research, the Albany Times-Union reports.

In Genome Research this week: clonal evolution analysis of acute myeloid leukemia, computational pipeline to examine relationships between bacterial pathogens, and more.

Elephants may have "re-animated" a pseudogene to help stave off cancer, according to the New York Times.