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In PLOS Genetics, a team led by investigators in the US and China explores ties between the placental transcriptome and traits such as birth weight, childhood obesity, and body mass index in childhood. Starting with data from prior genome-wide association analyses, the researchers narrowed in on a handful of expression quantitative trait loci and placental transcripts that coincided with variants implicated in birth and childhood weight features.

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Researchers have sequenced the genome of the depth-dwelling giant squid.

Prosecutors have charged a former Drexel University professor with theft for allegedly spending federal grant money on adult entertainment and other unrelated expenses, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

 

Chris Collins, a former US representative, has been sentenced to more than two years in prison in an insider trading case involving an Australian biotechnology firm, the New York Times reports.

In PNAS this week: Trypanosoma brucei transcripts, estimate of people at risk of inherited retinal disease, and more.