This Week in PLOS

In PLOS Genetics, researchers from the University of Minnesota and elsewhere consider ties between gut microbiome shifts and mutational patterns in colorectal cancers. Using a combination of 16S ribosomal RNA sequencing-based gut microbiome profiling and whole-exome tumor-matched normal sequencing, the team searched for interactions between gut microbiome members and tumor genetics in 44 individuals with CRC.

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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.