This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week, a team led by investigators in Germany and Chile tackles microbial habitat patterns in Chile's Atacama Desert, a "hyper-arid" desert considered one of the driest sites on the globe. Based on soil testing, metabolic profiling, microbial genome replication rates and community patterns, and other approaches, the researchers saw signs that indigenous microbial communities crop up intermittently in the Atacama Desert, despite its inhospitable environment.

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The US National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration have proposed changing gene therapy oversight, the Associated Press reports.

Nature News reports that the Salk Institute has asked for the scope of a gender discrimination lawsuit brought against it to be narrowed.

CNBC reports that the sequencing startup Veritas aims to sequence individuals who fall at extremes.

In PLOS this week: genotyping of indigenous North African goats, program to simulate evolve and resequencing studies, and more.