This Week in Science

In Science this week, two independent research groups publish the crystal structures of the bacterial translocator protein (TSPO), a membrane protein that binds steroids and porphyrins and is implicated in various diseases. In the first study, a team from Columbia University shows that a mutant form of TSPO mimics a human mutation associated with psychiatric disorders and has structural changes in a region associated in cholesterol binding.

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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.