This Week in PLOS

In PLOS One, researchers from Ecuador sequenced and started characterizing a new single-stranded RNA virus identified in an Ecuadorian plant called babaco, a naturally created cross of two species from the Caricacea plant families. After establishing a nearly 6,700 base genome for the Potexvirus, the team compared it with other available virus sequences, including open reading frames from other potexviruses.

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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.