This Week in PLOS

In PLOS Genetics, University of Michigan researchers explore a gene regulatory process called RNA-directed DNA methylation (RdDM) — which uses small interfering RNAs and long non-coding RNAs to target repressive chromatin modifications to certain genes — in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana.

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Using DNA to sketch crime victims might not be a great idea, the NYTimes says.

Science has its own problem with sexual harassment. What do we do with the research these abusers produce, Wired asks.

Senate Republicans led by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) are trying to change how the government funds basic research, reports ScienceInsider.

In Science this week: combining genomics and ecology to better understand the effects of natural selection on evolution, and more.