This Week in PLOS

In PLOS Genetics, researchers from the University of Bonn and elsewhere describe chromosome 5 variants behind a urinary/rectal malformation condition called classic bladder exstrophy, which occurs due to glitches during embryonic development. The team tracked down the SNPs through a GWAS involving 110 individuals of European ancestry with the condition and nearly 1,200 without.

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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.

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

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