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This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: accessory and core genomes in ST131 lineage Escherichia coli populations, transcriptome patterns in leishmaniasis infections, and more.

A report calls on the next US president to keep both the White House science office and the position of science adviser, ScienceInsider says.

The European Commission may exempt researchers from a copyright law to enable data mining, according to Nature News.

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg has donated $300 million to Johns Hopkins' public health school, the Baltimore Sun reports.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: alternative technique to somatic cell nuclear transfer, and more.

Sardinian DNA samples whose ownership was in question following bankruptcies and acquisitions have gone missing, the Guardian reports.

Be Gone, Rats

Gene drives could be employed to save native island species from introduced ones, but researchers are cautious about their use, Scientific American writes.

Rex Animal Health is using genomic and related technologies for livestock health, TechCrunch reports.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: a CRISPR/Cas9 system that can be toggled, and more.

20 Science Questions

US presidential candidates answer questions about science for the 2016 ScienceDebate.

Before or After?

Health insurers and some clinicians spar over timing of genetic counseling for women with high breast cancer risk, NPR reports.

In Genome Research this week: targets of ALL gene fusion, genetic variation underlying Brachypodium DNA methylation, and more.

Lasker Honorees

The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation has announced this year's recipients of its prizes honoring basic and clinical research.

The president of the European Society of Human Genetics argues against Kuwait's DNA data bank law in the New Scientist.

The Early Gut

The gut microbiome appears to have a role in infants' later risk of developing allergies and asthma, a new study says.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: AKT1 mutations in pulmonary sclerosing hemangioma, genomic study of hyper-virulence in Campylobacter jejuni, and more.

Oregon Health and Science University's Vinay Prasad argues at Nature that precision medicine in oncology is a ways away and may never be a reality.

A colistin resistance gene has been uncovered in samples from an ill Connecticut toddler, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report says.

Researchers criticize genetic tests to assess children's athletic potential, the Financial Times reports.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: genetic networks involved in antibiotic sensitivity, syphilis pathogen proteome, and more.

Oh, It's Good News

Researchers from the Broad Institute and elsewhere examine how people's risk perceptions change after direct-to-consumer personal genetic testing.

MS Paper Critiqued

Researchers are criticizing a paper linking a rare gene variant to multiple sclerosis, Stat News reports.


DuPont Pioneer researchers used a CRISPR genome editing approach to develop corn that appears to be more drought tolerant.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: tissue of origin affects cancer cell activity, and more.

NIH researchers have devised a new metric to gauge an article's impact, as they report in PLOS Biology.


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

Spots in genetic counseling training programs are competitive, Maclean's reports.

Bitesize Bio offers some tips to make PubMed searches more efficient.

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals comes out on top of Science Careers' ranking of best biotech and pharma employers.