This Week in PLOS

A team from Italy, Portugal, France, and Australia explore PCR-based methods for diagnosing a condition called ocular onchocercosis in dogs and cats. As they report in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, the researchers standardized a quantitative real-time PCR assay to detect DNA from the ocular onchocercosis-causing parasite Onchocerca lupi. They applied the approach to skin samples from nearly three dozen O.

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A genomic analysis of modern and ancient maize reveals a complicated domestication history, according to Reuters.

In PLOS this week: MYRF variant linked to congenital diaphragmatic hernia, analysis of the "dragon's blood" red resin produced by traditional medicine plants, and more.

CNBC reports that half of academic researchers leave after about five years.

Researchers have used genetic analysis to confirm a new type of salamander, the New York Times reports.