This Week in PLOS

In PLOS One, researchers from Portugal, France, France, and the UK explore genetic diversity patterns in domesticated rabbits. Based on microsatellite marker patterns for 471 representatives from 16 domestic rabbit breeds and more than a dozen wild rabbits from France or Iberia, the team estimated that rabbit genetic diversity dropped by roughly one-fifth during the process of domestic breed formation.

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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.