This Week in PLOS

Investigators from Finland and the UK consider factors influencing vaginal microbial community composition and detection in the same women over time for a paper in PLOS One. The team obtained 70 samples from 10 premenopausal women in southern Finland, representing half a dozen vaginal sites obtained using swabs, a self-sampling device, or other sampling techniques.

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A new study in JAMA finds that genetic tests might not be able to determine what diet is right for someone seeking to lose weight.

A genome-wide association study that linked common genetic variants to salivary gland carcinoma risk has been retracted, according to Retraction Watch.

Vampire bats' ability to live off blood is etched in their genomes and gut microbiomes, the Scientist reports.

In Genome Biology this week: peopling of the Sahara, epigenetic reprogramming analysis of liverwort, and more.