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This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: methylation in human gametes, microRNAs linked to kidney damage in lupus patients, and more.

An international team of researchers has uncovered leprosy in red squirrels of the British Isles.

Sickle Change

Stanford researchers use CRISPR to edit sickle cell mutations, possibly laying the groundwork for a clinical trial, Reuters reports.

Blow Fly Sequence

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis researchers sequence the genome of the black blow fly, which is used in forensic investigations.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: researchers call for balance in the use of gene-editing tools, and more.

Looking Ahead

Stat News tries to anticipate what the Trump administration might do that will affect science.

Voters in Florida approve a referendum to test genetically modified mosquitos, Wired reports.

Skipping to the Gym

Researchers uncover a genetic component to enjoying exercise.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: genetic variation of peaches, dimethyl sulfate mutational profiling with sequencing approach, and more.

Researchers working in the US tell Nature News that they are concerned about what a Trump presidency will mean for science.

Pharmacy company Walgreens sues its former partner for $140 million in damages, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In Genome Research this week: population patterns in rhesus macaque, LTR retroposition conserved, and more.

John Roberts Dies

Organic chemist John Roberts, who made NMR spectroscopy more common and helped get Caltech to admit women, has died, according to the New York Times.

Mosquito Measure

Some voters in Florida are considering a ballot question about using genetically modified mosquitos to halt the spread of disease.

Gone Unreleased

AllTrials' Trials Tracker tool aims to highlight clinical trial sponsors who haven't shared their results, according to Pharmalot.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: TP53-linked lncRNA inactivated in some cancers, genetic architecture in Arabidopsis hybrids, and more.

Lack of Women

A team of Northwestern University researchers reports in a new study that women are underrepresented on genomics research teams.

Stats on NIPT

A UK statistician tells the Guardian that non-invasive prenatal screening for trisomies won't increase the number of terminations.

Children's Genomics

US News and World Report takes a look at genomics' role at pediatric hospitals.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: differences in mitochondrial gene expression, genomic and transcriptomic patterns in Pseudomonas veronii, and more.

The Ebola virus may have mutated to better infect humans during the 2014 outbreak, the New York Times reports.

I Dream of Genes

Researchers link two genes to sleep regulation, according to Medical News Today.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: gene mutation signatures linked to tobacco smoke, and more.

Follow the Ants

A population genetics study of ants hints at an earlier formation of the Isthmus of Panama, Nature News reports.

Researchers find that unnecessary genetic tests can cost millions of dollars, according to Stat News.


Bitesize Bio's Gail Seigel offers some tips on running a low-budget lab.

The GRE isn't a good predictor of graduate school performance or productivity, according to two PLOS One studies.

Bitesize Bio has some advice for scientists ready to leave their current lab behind.

A trio of editors from the Nature family of journals describes what make a peer review a good one.