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Researchers identified a diverse toxin gene superfamily using venom-related tissue transcripts and venom peptides from the giant red bull ant.

An international team of researchers combined data from seven cohorts to uncover 30 novel depression-linked loci, including ones that overlap with schizophrenia.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: tool for examining transcription factor-DNA binding intensities, algorithm for classifying metagenomic sequence data, and more.

Still Evolving

A new paper in PNAS finds that people are still evolving, but with increased pressure on weight and decreased pressure on intelligence.

The team developed an equipment-free dipstick device using untreated cellulose-based paper to quickly collect and purify genetic material for amplification.

This Week in PLOS

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

A team of Australian researchers reconstructed 7,280 bacterial and 623 archaeal genomes from publicly availably metagenomic data.

The researchers identified proteins that the starfish emit when aggregating to reproduce, and could be used to create synthetic chemicals to help capture and eradicate the pest. 

Researchers described the development and testing of layered double hydroxide nanosheets as carriers for RNAi molecules in agriculture.

Researchers at Children's National Health System, Illumina, and the University of Queensland found that exome sequencing solved 42 percent of unresolved cases.

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The UK's Human Fertility and Embryology Authority calls for consumer genetic testing companies to warn customers that testing could uncover family secrets, according to the Guardian.

The New York Times reports that United Nations delegates have been discussing how to govern the genetic resources of the deep sea.

Researchers have transplanted edited cells into mice that appear to combat cocaine addiction, New Scientist reports.

In PNAS this week: analysis of proteolytic enzymes secreted by circulating tumor cells, phylogenetic study of Fv1 evolution, and more.