This Week in PNAS

In the early, online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from France, the US, and the Netherlands report on findings from a sequencing study of the algae-infecting virus PgV-16T — the most massive DNA virus found in eukaryotes so far. Using sequence reads from PgV-16T grown in the phytoplankton species Phaeocystis globosa, the group pieced together a nearly 460,000 base genome assembly de novo.

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Researchers describe a way to share data while keeping it secure, Agence France Presse reports.

In Science this week: genetic mutations typically associated with esophageal cancer are common in older, healthy individuals, and more.

India's Council of Scientific and Industrial Research has a new director-general, according to ScienceInsider.

A new study links more than a hundred genes to autism spectrum disorder, Discover's D-brief blog reports.