This Week in Nature

In this week's Nature Plants, an international research team reports data showing that an expansion of disease-resistance genes may be responsible for the long lifespans of certain trees like the oak, which can survive for centuries in the face of environmental and biological threats. The scientists sequenced, assembled, and annotated the genome of the English oak, then compared their findings with existing  whole-genome sequences for other trees and plants.

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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.