This Week in PLOS

In PLOS Genetics, researchers from Canada, Germany, and the US describe a potential role for Notch signaling family genes in congenital heart disease. The team used a combination of exome sequencing and targeted sequencing to assess 106 affected individuals and 76 unaffected individuals from 51 French Canadian families in which left-ventricular outflow tract obstructions, a diverse set of developmental heart conditions, occurs.

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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.