This Week in Science

In Science's early online edition, Roland Riek from ETH Zürich led work that studied the role of functional amyloid proteins, more often associated with diseases like Alzheimer's. Scanning 42 peptide and protein hormones in vitro, they found that most could form amyloids. Subsequent biochemical analysis showed that peptide and protein hormones in secretory granules of the endocrine system are stored in an amyloid-like cross beta-sheet-rich conformation, they say in the abstract.

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Jay Shendure and his colleagues have developed a new method to more comprehensively identify human cell types, the NY Times reports.

Researchers in the UK and Japan have shown that infertility in mice with three sex chromosomes can be overcome, according to the Guardian.

China is embracing preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Nature News reports. 

In PLOS this week: host genetic factors associated with cervical neoplasia progression, population patterns for an ancient flowering rainforest plant, and more.