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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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.

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

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

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