This Week in PLOS

In PLOS One, researchers from the US and Egypt searched for clues to familial breast cancer in Egyptian families. The team did exome sequencing on individuals from five Egyptian families that were prone to breast cancer. While the search didn't lead to verified pathogenic variants in documented cancer risk genes, the results revealed a wide range of suspicious variants, suggesting some alleles associated with cancer may be distinct in the population.

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Researchers in China have generated mouse pups from same-sex parents, according to Scientific American.

Two research teams find a role for PIEZO2 in touch sensitivity after injury and inflammation.

The South China Morning Post reports that Hong Kong plans to add HK$20 billion (US$2.6 billion) to a research endowment.

In Science this week: open genetic genealogy databases can lead to the identification of individuals who have not sought testing, and more.