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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York University researchers find genomic evidence of inbreeding in the yellow-banded bumblebee, according to Reuters.

In its survey of US adults, the Pew Research Center finds that views on the genetic engineering of animals depend on why it's done.

The Scientist reports agricultural researchers are working on a gene-stacking tool.

In Nature this week: statistical method for overcoming case-control imbalance issues, and more.