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Ancient Genomics Catches On

The speed at which researchers are embracing the study of the Neandertal and other ancient genomes is surprising even Svante Pääbo, writes Ewen Callaway at Nature News. Pääbo, from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, published both the Neandertal genome and the genome of the Denisovans, another group of archaic humans. And other researchers have taken up analysis of those genomes — for example, Callaway says that John Hawks from the University of Wisconsin-Madison has noted on his blog that Denisovans did not have red hair. Pääbo adds that he gets many e-mails asking about using ancient DNA. "Maybe we should write a little booklet called archaic genomics for dummies," Pääbo says.

The Scan

Boosters Chasing Variants

The New York Times reports that an FDA advisory panel is to weigh updated booster vaccines for COVID-19.

Not Yet

The World Health Organization says monkeypox is not yet a global emergency, the Washington Post reports.

More Proposed for Federal Research

Science reports that US House of Representatives panels are seeking to increase federal research funding.

PLOS Papers on Breast Cancer Metastasis, Left-Sided Cardiac Defects, SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring

In PLOS this week: link between breast cancer metastasis and CLIC4, sequencing analysis of left-sided cardiac defects, and more.