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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.

The funding will support the creation of a genomics research consortium of Australian academic and government research organizations.

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The Associated Press reports that the US government wasted $341,000 on travel by former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Women who post YouTube science videos get more critical comments and more comments about their appearance than male video hosts, the New York Times reports.

The Wall Street Journal writes that participating in genetic research brings up the specter of past research ethics lapses for some African Americans.

In PLOS this week: sequences influencing yeast prion aggregation or degradation, dengue virus genetic variants affect transmission dynamics, and more.