This Week in PLOS

In PLOS Genetics, researchers from the UK, the Netherlands, and elsewhere describe a non-synonymous variant in the NFLXL1 gene that appears to contribute to a language condition called specific language impairment (SLI) that's particularly common in an admixed founder population on Chile's Robinson Crusoe Island. The team tracked down suspicious variants in NFLXL1 and eight other genes by exome sequencing on five related individuals from the population, all affected by SLI.

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Researchers have sequenced the northern white rhinoceros to gauge whether it could be brought back from the edge of extinction, the New York Times reports.

Bavaria expands its forensic genetic analyses to include DNA phenotyping, raising discrimination concerns.

Tufts University researchers found a role for miRNA in transmitting stress between generations, the Economist reports.

In Science this week: gut microbiome influences liver cancer growth, spread; and more.