Senior Obama Administration leaders last week told the US Senate that the budget cuts caused by the enactment of the sequestration, if an agreement is not reached to avoid the plan, would cut thousands of research grants and lead to the loss of thousands of jobs.

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An artificial intelligence-based analysis suggests a third group of ancient hominins likely interbred with human ancestors, according to Popular Mechanics.

In Science this week: reduction in bee phylogenetic diversity, and more.

The New York Times Magazine looks into paleogenomics and how it is revising what's know about human history, but also possibly ignoring lessons learned by archaeologists.

The Economist reports on Synthorx's efforts to use expanded DNA bases they generated to develop a new cancer drug.