This Week in PLoS

Researchers at the University of Basel and elsewhere this week consider "how the promoter regions of genes affect noise and ask whether levels of promoter-mediated noise are correlated with genes' functional attributes," in the context of E. coli. In their PLoS Genetics paper, the researchers say that "in contrast to previous results in eukaryotes, we find no association between promoter-mediated noise and gene expression plasticity" in the bacterium.

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The London School of Economics' Daniele Fanelli argues at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the reproducibility crisis in science isn't as dire as some say.

A team of researchers in Portugal has examined the genomic basis for racing pigeons' athleticism and navigational skills, finding it's likely polygenic.

Wired reports that diagnostic firms continue to seek, post-Theranos, the ability to diagnose diseases from small amounts of blood.

In Science this week: analysis of DNA from ancient North Africans, and more.