This Week in PLOS

In PLOS One, Chinese researchers report on the chloroplast sequences for two species of Echinochloa, a genus in the Poaceae family that contains plant pests known for causing crop yield losses. By sequencing DNA from the leaves of E. oryzicola and E. crus-galli plants, the team produced chloroplast genomes spanning nearly 140,000 bases in each species.

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Researchers hope to tease out the signature effects that different carcinogens leave on the genome to determine their contributions to disease, Mosaic reports.

The Wall Street Journal looks into the cost of new gene therapies.

An Imperial College London-led team reports that it was able to use a gene drive to control a population of lab mosquitos.

In PNAS this week: genomic effects of silver fox domestication, limited effect of mitochondrial mutations on aging in fruit flies, and more.