This Week in Science


Scientists at the Danish company Danisco, in collaboration with Université Laval in Québec, found a defense mechanism that bacteria use to fend off phages. Bacteria put their CRISPR and related spacer sequences to work in a way that resembles how RNAi operates in higher organisms.

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The Associated Press reports that the US government wasted $341,000 on travel by former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Women who post YouTube science videos get more critical comments and more comments about their appearance than male video hosts, the New York Times reports.

The Wall Street Journal writes that participating in genetic research brings up the specter of past research ethics lapses for some African Americans.

In PLOS this week: sequences influencing yeast prion aggregation or degradation, dengue virus genetic variants affect transmission dynamics, and more.