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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Researchers have sequenced the northern white rhinoceros to gauge whether it could be brought back from the edge of extinction, the New York Times reports.

Bavaria expands its forensic genetic analyses to include DNA phenotyping, raising discrimination concerns.

Tufts University researchers found a role for miRNA in transmitting stress between generations, the Economist reports.

In Science this week: gut microbiome influences liver cancer growth, spread; and more.