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Genomes, Evolution, and the K-T Boundary

Adaptive Complexity's Michael White points out a new journal, called Genome Biology and Evolution. The journal editors say in an introduction that "advances in genomic technologies are revolutionizing our perspectives on evolution once again" and that "GBE aims to nurture the highest standard of evolutionary genomic research, with the help of the molecular evolutionary and population genetic expertise." White also says to take a look at one of the journal's first papers, from Indiana University's Michael Lynch. That paper says that there were "widespread reductions in genome size" in mammalian lineages after the Cretaceous–Tertiary boundary, though "there is no evidence for such changes in other vertebrate, invertebrate, or land plant lineage."

The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.