This Week in PLOS

In PLOS Medicine, researchers from the US and Finland describe blood transcriptional signatures corresponding to respiratory syncytial virus infection and severity in infants. The expression patterns — identified using array-based analyses on blood samples from groups of American and Finnish infants with RSV — appear capable of distinguishing RSV from other forms of lower respiratory tract infection and finding those at risk of developing severe RSV infections.

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The New York Times and ProPublica look into the close relationship between a startup and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Yahoo News reports millions of dollars are being transferred from NIH, CDC, and other programs to pay for the housing of detained undocumented immigrant children.

In Science this week: in vitro generation of human reproductive cells, and more.

Researchers gave a handful of octopuses MDMA to find that they too act more social on the drug, Gizmodo reports.