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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The New York Times and ProPublica look into the close relationship between a startup and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Yahoo News reports millions of dollars are being transferred from NIH, CDC, and other programs to pay for the housing of detained undocumented immigrant children.

In Science this week: in vitro generation of human reproductive cells, and more.

Researchers gave a handful of octopuses MDMA to find that they too act more social on the drug, Gizmodo reports.