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Four US Defense Department labs are under investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over their handling of microbes used in bioterrorism research, the New York Times reports.

The errors at the labs involved samples of anthrax, plague, and a virus that causes encephalitis, which the agency studies to defend against their use as weapons. Officials say these errors posed no risk to the public.

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Retraction Watch reports that a paper was pulled because it refers to a gene that doesn't exist in mice.

Researchers were able to generate fertilized northern white rhinoceros eggs, according to Mashable.

Former Orig3n employees raise concerns about its testing at Bloomberg Businessweek.

In PLOS this week: microRNA expression changes in hepatocellular carcinoma, real-time PCR-based approach for diagnosing schistosomiasis, and more.