This Week in PLOS

In PLOS Genetics, Stanford University researchers describe de novo mutations associated with enhanced risk of preterm birth, based on findings from a genome sequencing study involving 816 trios. With high-coverage genome sequence data for 216 preterm infants, 524 infants born at term, and their parents, the team narrowed in on almost 36,000 suspicious de novo single-base changes and 648 small insertions or deletions.

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A genomic analysis of modern and ancient maize reveals a complicated domestication history, according to Reuters.

In PLOS this week: MYRF variant linked to congenital diaphragmatic hernia, analysis of the "dragon's blood" red resin produced by traditional medicine plants, and more.

CNBC reports that half of academic researchers leave after about five years.

Researchers have used genetic analysis to confirm a new type of salamander, the New York Times reports.