This Week in Science

In Science this week, a team led by Rockefeller University researchers report on the identification of key mutations in a gene encoding ribosomal protein SA, or RPSA, as the possible cause of isolated congenital asplenia — a rare condition in which a person is born without a spleen, which increases the risk of serious bacterial infection.

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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.