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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.

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The World Health Organization will be providing low-cost COVID-19 tests to low- and middle-income nations, according to Reuters.

Nature News examines how the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court could affect scientific agencies.

Nobel Prize-winner Arthur Ashkin, who developed optical tweezers, has died at 98, the Washington Post reports.

In PNAS this week: altered gene expression in brain samples from Alzheimer's disease patients, effects of gene mutations found in bladder cancer, and more.