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This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: gene expression catalog for sheep, viral diversity among respiratory samples from camels, and more.

They demonstrated the applicability of the Simoa platform for nucleic acid detection, and miRNA detection in particular, as Quanterix prepares to launch a new system.

In Genome Biology this week: Parsi population history, genetic relationships between Sherpa and Tibetan populations, and more.

The Brainy Ones

A new study examines the role of rare variants in intelligence, according to New Scientist.

The University of Edinburgh analyzed more than 6,000 genomes in a year, an effort made possible by a computing center dubbed a "genome factory" by its director.

The virus spread according to a gravity model between large population centers, and its movements were affected by geographical distance.

A genome-wide association study involving more than 52,000 men led to variants linked to male pattern baldness, along with early SNP-based attempts to predict the trait.

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

The DNA foundries have been funded through an £18 million ($23.5 million) investment from the BBSRC and should all be fully operational by next year.

Heritability estimates for 12 complex diseases using family-based statistical models were inflated by 47 percent compared to modeling that accounts for shared environmental factors.

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Sequencing could help combat foodborne illnesses, according to a blog post by Food and Drug Administration officials.

Popular Mechanics reports that Caltech researchers have built a prototype nanobot using DNA.

The Sacramento Bee writes that direct-to-consumer genetic testing connected a woman to sperm donor-conceived half siblings.

In PLOS this week: gene expression catalog for sheep, viral diversity among respiratory samples from camels, and more.