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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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Pacific Biosciences is hosting a competition in which researchers are vying to win free sequencing for an organism with the most interesting genome.

An opinion piece appearing in Newsday likens familial DNA searches to stop-and-frisk policies.

The San people of Africa have drawn up a code of conduct for researchers, according to the Conversation.

In Nature this week: genotypes linked to hip osteoarthritis, and more.