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This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: social environment contributes to phenotypic variation, zebu genetic patterns and population structure, and more.

Genetic analysis indicated that he was infected with a strain now found in south-central and western Asia.

An international team of researchers has uncovered leprosy in red squirrels of the British Isles.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: leprosy origins in Colombian populations, gene expression study of fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans, and more.

DNA and other analyses of an ancient leprosy victim found in the UK suggest a possible Scandinavian origin for the infecting strain, the Guardian reports.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: genomic characterization of Trichodesmium erythraeum cyanobacteria strain, comparison of two leprosy-associated bacteria, and more.

An international team sequenced the genome of Mycobacterium lepromatosis, the species behind diffuse lepromatous leprosy, or Lucio's leprosy.

Through a multi-stage genome-wide association study, researchers found six new leprosy risk loci, including sites previously linked to inflammatory disease.

Using whole-genome sequencing and genotyping, an international research team has garnered evidence that many Mycobacterium leprae pathogens involved in human leprosy cases in the southern US share a genetic profile with leprosy-causing bacteria found in wild armadillos in that area.

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An opinion piece in the New York Times urges lawmakers to keep genetic protections in place.

Research funding in Canada is to remain mostly the same, ScienceInsider reports.

In Science this week: random DNA replication errors play role in cancer, and more.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation embarks on an open-access publishing path.