This Week in PLOS

In an effort to learn more about what might be behind the apparent hike in lung cancer rates detected in past studies of slaughterhouse workers, New Zealand researchers turned to metagenomic sequencing to narrow in on two viruses found in aerosol samples from cattle and sheep slaughterhouses in that country.

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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.