This Week in PLOS

Researchers in Hong Kong report in PLOS One on using a metagenomic-based approach to identify a novel bat papillomavirus. They sequenced DNA collected from rectal swabs of 156 healthy animals, including cattle, bats, pigs, monkeys, stray cats, and stray dogs. From this, the researchers identified the papillomavirus MscPV1, which has a 52.4 percent nucleotide identity with the fruit bat papillomavirus RaPV1.

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The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is investing in Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's BioRxiv.

A study appearing in PLOS One finds that shortened consent forms don't affect clinical trial participants' understanding of the study.

The National Security Agency monitored signal intelligence for signs of "nefarious" genetic engineering projects, Gizmodo reports.

In Nature this week: barley genome sequenced, method for genotyping and phasing short tandem repeats, and more.