An Ebola Surprise

Pieces of retroviruses are known littered throughout vertebrate genomes, and Anna Marie Skalka and her colleagues say that part of other viruses may also be found there. Taking an informatics-based approach, she and her colleagues compared the single-stranded RNA genomes of non-retroviruses to the genomes of 48 vertebrates, including humans and guinea pigs.

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Magdalena Skipper, the incoming editor-in-chief of Nature, speaks with NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday.

Genetic genealogy has led to an arrest in another cold case, dating back to 1987.

In PLOS this week: mutation in second gene widens clinical symptoms of people with ADD3 mutations, comparative genomic analysis of Pseudovibrio, and more.

Wired reports that 23andMe is trying to bolster its outside collaborations.