This Week in PLOS

Researchers from Pennsylvania State University and elsewhere used comparative genomics to characterize a so-called "super-shedder" strain of Escherichia coli — work they describe in PLOS One. After sequencing the genome of the E. coli O157 strain SS17, the team compared it with existing E. coli sequences, determining that SS17 shares features with a hyper-virulent O157 subgroup that clusters with E. coli linked to spinach-borne outbreaks.

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A new analysis examines the gender gap among paper authors in the sciences and says it may take decades or more to close.

Researchers have uncovered signals of selection that may enable the Bajau people to free five hundreds of feet deep, Reuters reports.

In Science this week: paternally inherited cis-regulatory structural variants in autism, and more.

A new report outlines issues facing the implementation of personalized medicine in the UK, the Independent reports.