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In PLOS Biology, researchers from Nanjing University and the University of Bath propose mutation rate differences between longer- and shorter-lived plant tissues. The team did genome sequencing on more than 750 tissue samples from plants from eight species, demonstrating that root tissues tend to have more pronounced mutation rates than corresponding shoot tissues — at least in the perennial plant species tested.

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The New York Times Magazine examines gender discrimination at the Salk Institute.

Science reports that MD Anderson Cancer Center has dismissed three researchers over foreign tie concerns.

A second death in gene therapy trial for type 1 spinal muscular atrophy is under investigation, according to Reuters.

In PLOS this week: antibiotic resistance patterns in Escherichia coli, a dozen genetic loci tied to varicose vein risk, and more.