This Week in PNAS

In the early, online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team from the UK, China, Denmark, Japan, and the US report on findings from a genome sequencing study of the sand rat, Psammomys obesus, a desert gerbil from North Africa and the Middle East that is prone to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and pancreatic failure in carbohydrate-rich environments.

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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.