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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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Pacific Biosciences is hosting a competition in which researchers are vying to win free sequencing for an organism with the most interesting genome.

An opinion piece appearing in Newsday likens familial DNA searches to stop-and-frisk policies.

The San people of Africa have drawn up a code of conduct for researchers, according to the Conversation.

In Nature this week: genotypes linked to hip osteoarthritis, and more.