This Week in PLOS

Researchers in Portugal report on their characterization of the grapevine microbiome in PLOS One. Using 454 sequencing, the researchers examined the rDNA of the microflora living on some 50 grapevine leaves. Among the most abundant eukaryote the researchers uncovered were the early diverging fungi lineages and members of the Ascomycota phylum like Aureobasidium, while Proteobacteria, Firmicutes, and Actinobacteria were highly represented among the prokaryotes.

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Helix customers can purchase apps that interpret different aspects of their genome, Technology Review reports.

The New York Times reports that a number of companies and research institutes are pursuing gene therapies.

Salmon with shorter telomeres survive to make the trip back to their river homes, New Scientist reports.

In PLOS this week: vaginal microbiome composition, population patterns of Chagas-carrying Rhodnius ecuadoriensis, and more.