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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CNN reports that researchers have tied a new variant to opioid addiction risk.

Organoids derived from patients' tumors may help determine what chemotherapy treatment patients would benefit from, according to New Scientist.

An initiative from GenomeAsia 100K hopes to increase the number of South Asians in genetic research, according to NBC News.

In Science this week: genomic analysis of ancient and modern horses indicates population turnover, and more.