This Week in PLOS

A PLOS One study suggests microbial communities may contribute to snow pack and surface snow features in the High Antarctic Plateau. A team from Italy and Belgium used a combination of 16S ribosomal RNA sequencing and fluorescence in situ hybridization, as well as phylogenetic approaches to assess snow samples collected at the Antarctic Plateau Concordia Research Station.

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National Geographic reports that marine mammals have lost a gene that could make them more susceptible to organophosphate damage.

NPR reports on Human Cell Atlas Consortium's effort to catalog all the different cell types within the human body.

The Union of Concerned Scientists surveyed US government scientists about Trump Administration policies and more, Science reports.

In PNAS this week: history and genetic diversity of the scarlet macaw, approach for predicting human flu virus evolution, and more.