This Week in PLOS

In PLOS One, researchers with Chronix Biomedical and other centers in Göttingen, Germany, report on a method used to track down canine cancer markers and later detect them in circulating, cell-free DNA in the dogs' blood. The group identified and verified copy number shifts and structural glitches in five mammary carcinoma tumors from three subtypes using sequencing and digital droplet PCR, respectively.

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Customers might want to consider what they might learn about their risk of diseases like Alzheimer's before snagging the genetic testing kits that are on many gift guides this year, NJ.com writes.

The Wall Street Journal reports there is uncertainty surrounding whether He Jiankui's embryo editing did what he said it did.

Stat News reports that the pause on procuring fetal tissue for intramural US National Institutes of Health research will soon affect additional labs there.

In Nature this week: genomic analysis of the invasive fall webworm, amp of constrained coding regions within the human genome, and more.