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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The New York Times and ProPublica look into the close relationship between a startup and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Yahoo News reports millions of dollars are being transferred from NIH, CDC, and other programs to pay for the housing of detained undocumented immigrant children.

In Science this week: in vitro generation of human reproductive cells, and more.

Researchers gave a handful of octopuses MDMA to find that they too act more social on the drug, Gizmodo reports.