This Week in PLOS

In PLOS Pathogens, New York University microbiologist P'ng Loke and collaborators look at the consequences of using the parasitic whipworm Trichuris trichiura as a possible treatment for five rhesus macaque monkeys with idiopathic chronic diarrhea, or ICD, a condition that resembles ulcerative colitis. In four of the five animals, the helminth worm treatment seemingly improved ICD symptoms, they report.

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In a statement, National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says sexual harassment is "morally indefensible" and "unacceptable."

Octopuses might owe their intelligence to their liberal alterations to their genes, Cosmos reports.

Stat News and ProPublica report that African Americans are underrepresented in cancer clinical trials.

In Cell this week: genomic analysis of abdominal aortic aneurysm, effect of probiotics on the microbiome, and more.