This Week in PLoS

University of Alabama at Birmingham's Degui Zhi and Rui Chen at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, this week "present a statistical modeling framework to calculate the power [and] the probability of identifying truly disease-causing genes" when performing mutation detection studies on rare monogenic Mendelian diseases using exome sequencing.

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Researchers have sequenced the northern white rhinoceros to gauge whether it could be brought back from the edge of extinction, the New York Times reports.

Bavaria expands its forensic genetic analyses to include DNA phenotyping, raising discrimination concerns.

Tufts University researchers found a role for miRNA in transmitting stress between generations, the Economist reports.

In Science this week: gut microbiome influences liver cancer growth, spread; and more.