This Week in PLoS

An international team led by investigators at China's Huazhong Agricultural University presents an analysis of 20 Mycoplasma genomes in PLoS One this week. In its investigation, the team found "several key genes, which are related to DNA replication and repair and can be disrupted in transposon mutagenesis studies, [that] may be critical for bacteria survival especially over long period natural selection," it writes.

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American scientists find themselves once again warning the Trump administration not to dismiss science, the New Yorker report.

A new study suggests CRISPR could be used to save coral reefs from dying off, Forbes reports.

Researchers have found that the i-motif shape of DNA previously observed in the lab also exists in human cells, and that it may serve a purpose.

In PNAS this week: a genomic, transcriptomic, and metabolomic analysis of the tea plant, Arabidopsis thaliana's adaptations to specific local environments, and more.