The health of one mouse can be influenced by the genetic makeup of its cage mate, according to a study out in PLOS Genetics yesterday.

Researchers led by European Bioinformatics Institute's Oliver Stegle examined how the genotypes of one individual might influence the phenotype of another individual. Using lab mice, they studied how these social genetic effects contribute to 100 organismal phenotypes and genome-wide gene expression.

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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.