NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – In a study appearing online this week in Nature Genetics, researchers described findings from an effort to sequence and scrutinize the genome of platyfish, Xiphophorus maculatus — a freshwater fish species that gives birth to live young and exhibits other intriguing traits and behaviors.

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In PLOS this week: locus linked to non-syndromic hearing loss, phylogenetic relationships of Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates, and more.

In a column at Nature, researcher Fyodor Kondrashov worries about the influence of politics on Russian science.

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The NIH has issued a preliminary guidance for newborn dried blood spot research.