This Week in PLOS

Root microbial community profiles can come to the aid of drought sensitive plants grown under desert farming conditions, according to a team from Italy, Tunisia, and Egypt reporting in PLOS One. The researchers used 16S ribosomal RNA sequencing to tease apart the structure of root-associated microbiomes in Capsicum annuum, a drought sensitive pepper plant.

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A fire at a Manchester hospital may have destroyed lab equipment and data, the Guardian reports.

Researchers generate a genetic database from skeletal remains from the 1845 Franklin Expedition to the Arctic, Live Science reports.

Researchers in China have begun another trial using CRISPR/Cas9 approaches in cancer patients, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In Science this week: human DNA found in sediments from archeological sites lacking bones, and more.