This Week in PLOS

In PLOS Genetics, a French team explores the transfer of host genetic material into viruses, focusing on baculoviruses infecting two moth species. Through deep sequencing experiments on 21 baculovirus populations, the researchers uncovered 86 DNA sequences suspected of making their way from the moth genome into the viruses during the infection process. The set included 69 transposable elements and 17 previously undescribed moth sequences, the authors note.

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The London School of Economics' Daniele Fanelli argues at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the reproducibility crisis in science isn't as dire as some say.

A team of researchers in Portugal has examined the genomic basis for racing pigeons' athleticism and navigational skills, finding it's likely polygenic.

Wired reports that diagnostic firms continue to seek, post-Theranos, the ability to diagnose diseases from small amounts of blood.

In Science this week: analysis of DNA from ancient North Africans, and more.