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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Researchers describe a way to share data while keeping it secure, Agence France Presse reports.

In Science this week: genetic mutations typically associated with esophageal cancer are common in older, healthy individuals, and more.

India's Council of Scientific and Industrial Research has a new director-general, according to ScienceInsider.

A new study links more than a hundred genes to autism spectrum disorder, Discover's D-brief blog reports.