This Week in PLOS

In PLOS Pathogens, researchers from the US, Sweden, and Denmark describe genetic and other host factors influencing susceptibility to necrotizing soft tissue infections caused by invasive group A Streptococcus in mice. The team used a forward systems genetics approach to screen recombinant inbred mouse strains with varying susceptibility to group A Streptococcus infection.

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India's Council of Scientific and Industrial Research has a new director-general, according to ScienceInsider.

A new study links more than a hundred genes to autism spectrum disorder, Discover's D-brief blog reports.

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