This Week in PLOS

The time to most recent common ancestor, as gauged through DNA sequence data, doesn't always correspond to the time of divergence, writes James Pettengill from the US Food and Drug Administration in PLOS One. Through coalescent simulations, he shows that incomplete lineage sorting and taxon sampling can influence such estimations.

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Consulting company McKinsey says diagnostics companies will have to combine genomic data analysis, electronic medical records, effective reimbursement strategies, and regulatory compliance in order to win.

A new report has found that researchers in Africa are still heavily dependent on funding from organizations in the US, Europe, and China, Nature News says.

An article in The Atlantic argues that the progress being made in science isn't keeping pace with the money and time being spent on research.

In Science this week: a CRISPR screen identifies sideroflexin 1 as a requisite component of one-carbon metabolism, and more.