Black Friday kicked off the holiday shopping season in the US and blogger Jessica Palmer at Bioephemera has a list of her shopping picks. Of course, they all have a science-theme to them. Her 12 choices range from a Pandemic board game to steampunk jewelry and from plush organs to handmade books.

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Vivek Murthy is no longer the surgeon general of the US, the Associated Press reports.

People around the globe took to the streets to support science — some with signs.

Parents who learn of their increased genetic risk of disease also contend with telling their children about theirs, the New York Times writes.

In PLOS this week: loci linked to body mass index measurements, long non-coding RNA expression and urothelial carcinoma prognosis, and more.