This Week in PLOS

A Russia-led team takes a look at Yersinia pestis plague patterns in Kyrgyzstan for a paper appearing in PLOS One. Using a combination of PCR, SNP typing, and/or whole-genome sequencing, the researchers traced genetic profiles for Y. pestis in 56 strains collected at rugged, high mountain sites in Kyrgyzstan over roughly five decades.

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Consulting company McKinsey says diagnostics companies will have to combine genomic data analysis, electronic medical records, effective reimbursement strategies, and regulatory compliance in order to win.

A new report has found that researchers in Africa are still heavily dependent on funding from organizations in the US, Europe, and China, Nature News says.

An article in The Atlantic argues that the progress being made in science isn't keeping pace with the money and time being spent on research.

In Science this week: a CRISPR screen identifies sideroflexin 1 as a requisite component of one-carbon metabolism, and more.