This Week in PLOS

In PLOS One, Japanese researchers describe germline variants in new and known prostate cancer risk genes in the Japanese population. The team did exome sequencing on 140 individuals with prostate cancer from 66 families, uncovering an association between the prostate cancer and germline variants in genes already implicated in the disease, such as BRCA2 and HOXB13.

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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.