This Week in PLOS

In PLOS Genetics, a German-led research team describes ties between the RARRES2 gene and serum levels of chemerin, an obesity and chronic inflammation-related adipokine secreted into the bloodstream from fat tissue. The team performed a meta-analysis of genotyping data for nearly 2,800 individuals enrolled through three large European cohorts with known serum chemerin concentration levels and other obesity-related assessments.

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The ancestors of the Arizona bark scorpion and other scorpions and spiders underwent whole-genome duplication, KJZZ reports.

A cryptographic approach could help researchers keep genomic data private while researchers analyze it, Scientific American reports.

Andy Page, the former president of 23andMe, has joined a diabetes-management startup, according to CNBC.

In Cell this week: regulatory changes in pancreatic cancer, metabolic shifts in Alzheimer's disease, and more.