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An article in the Economist details the theory that a small worm-like creature was a common ancestor to both the insect-mollusk-worm lineage as well as the vertebrate lineage. Scientists have used protein interaction data to trace the evolutionary biology, according to the article.

 

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Seven individuals have been named to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, ScienceInsider reports.

Retraction Watch reports that a series of tweets led to expression of concern for a PLOS Genetics paper, a move the paper's authors disagree with.

Researchers have sequenced pumas from North and South America to enable better identification of inbreeding, Cosmos magazine reports.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: ways to find cell death or proliferation signatures, Han Chinese population genome database, and more.