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In PLOS One, an international team led by investigators at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School describe a strategy to help find drug resistance in the tuberculosis (TB) pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The sequencing-based assay involves extracting DNA from Acid Fast Bacilli smears, followed by PCR amplification and sequencing of several M. tuberculosis gene segments, the team says.

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Noel Rose, the "father of autoimmunity," has died at 92, the Washington Post reports.

Nature News reports that recent proposed changes to the US National Science Foundation have raised concerns about a shift away from the agency's focus on basic research.

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In PLOS this week: genetic analysis of malaria parasite populations in Southeast Asia, genomic surveillance of yellow fever virus in São Paulo, and more.