This Week in PLOS

In PLOS Genetics, researchers from the UK, the US, and France consider the health consequences of genetic variation in individuals that share an environment. By putting together pairs of mouse roommates from different genetic backgrounds, the team attempted to tease apart so-called social genetic effects on a wide range of mouse phenotypes, ranging from body weight to wound healing, along with gene expression profiles in prefrontal cortex brain tissue from mice in the lab.

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Jay Shendure and his colleagues have developed a new method to more comprehensively identify human cell types, the NY Times reports.

Researchers in the UK and Japan have shown that infertility in mice with three sex chromosomes can be overcome, according to the Guardian.

China is embracing preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Nature News reports. 

In PLOS this week: host genetic factors associated with cervical neoplasia progression, population patterns for an ancient flowering rainforest plant, and more.