This Week in PLOS

In PLOS Genetics, researchers from Israel explore ties between mitochondrial variation and gene expression using RNA sequence data for hundreds of lymphoblast cell lines developed from 1000 Genomes Project samples. From sequences in 454 of the cell lines, the team uncovered distinct mitochondrial gene expression in samples from individuals in mitochondrial haplogroup L, the most commonly described African haplogroup.

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NPR reports that Turkish high school students will no longer study evolution.

Researchers report they sequenced and identified plant species in an "al fresco" laboratory.

An Australian team searches for genetic alterations linked to depression in hopes of developing personalized treatments, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

In PNAS this week: host contributors to typhoid fever risk, effects of obesity-related variants near TMEM18, and more.