Researchers trained a machine-learning model to predict animal reservoirs or insect vectors for dozens of "orphan" viruses with unknown natural sources.
Using biorepository strains, researchers from the J. Craig Venter Institute and elsewhere profiled Zika virus consensus sequences, variant patterns, and phylogenetics.
The genomic analysis also found that drug resistance mutations have appeared locally, suggesting that the issue can still be addressed region by region.
In PNAS this week: effect of PD-L1 expression on immunotherapy response, endogenous retrovirus segregation in European rabbits, and more.
In PLOS this week: genetic loci tied to chronic back pain, genetic diversity of vampire bat-borne Bartonella bacteria, and more.
Researchers gave a handful of octopuses MDMA to find that they too act more social on the drug, Gizmodo reports.
In PLOS this week: intra-tumor heterogeneity patterns, genomic analysis of Thoroughbred horse origins, and more.
In PNAS this week: influence of DNA architecture on genome editing, within-host HIV evolution, and more.
Researchers were able to estimate the number of active hematopoietic stem cells based on the number of somatic mutations present.
In PNAS this week: DNA vaccine-based approach for Duchenne muscular dystrophy tested in mice, antimicrobial found in bear saliva, and more.
Hundreds of scientists have signed a letter criticizing the open-access Plan S, ScienceInsider reports.
A start-up company aiming to match cancer patients to treatments closes after about six weeks, Stat News reports.
NPR speaks with Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) about the US House of Representatives science committee.
In PLOS this week: somatic mutation associations unearthed in thousands of cancer exomes, pathogen detection assay, and more.