Good bioinformatics techniques are essential for interpreting genomic data no matter where you are, but for Andrew Pohorille, director of NASA’s Center for Computational Astrobiology, it’s even more important to glean as much knowledge as possible from raw data.

“You are much more forced to extract as much information as you can because repeating your experiment is not a simple thing,” Pohorille said of the gene expression studies that NASA has been conducting during recent space flights.

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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.