This Week in PLOS

A PLOS Genetics study by researchers from Harvard University and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology suggests that Neandertal gene flow into European populations happened relatively recently — supporting the theory that Neandertal sequences in non-African populations stem from historical interbreeding between the archaic hominins and modern humans.

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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.

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

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

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