This Week in PLoS

An international team led by investigators at Monash University in Melbourne reports in PLoS One this week its sequencing on a collection of isogenic, clinical, and laboratory Staphylococcus aureus strains, which — when combined with electron microscopy and lipid membrane studies on selected isolates — it used to characterize the genetic evolution of daptomycin resistance in the pathogen.

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A new study finds that a placental protein linked with preeclampsia can be targeted by RNA silencing, according to the New Scientist.

A settlement is expected in a Duke University lawsuit hinging on using falsified data to win grants, Retraction Watch and Science report.

In PNAS this week: approach for analyzing the expression of endogenous retroviruses, circular RNAs that influence host-virus interactions, and more.

A phylogenetic analysis finds that the rare hemimastigotes form their own supra-kingdom, CBC reports.