This Week in Science

In Science this week, Chinese University of Hong Kong researchers published the discovery of a set of three genes that is responsible for hybrid sterility — the sterility that occurs in the offspring of two different species, such as in the case of a mule — in rice. They focused on the sterility that occurs between indica and japonica subspecies of cultivated rice,and pinpointed three closely associated genes that control fertility in the hybrids.

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Researchers have sequenced the northern white rhinoceros to gauge whether it could be brought back from the edge of extinction, the New York Times reports.

Bavaria expands its forensic genetic analyses to include DNA phenotyping, raising discrimination concerns.

Tufts University researchers found a role for miRNA in transmitting stress between generations, the Economist reports.

In Science this week: gut microbiome influences liver cancer growth, spread; and more.