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A new study in PNAS on rhesus macaques shows that a change in their social status leads to epigenetic changes that affect their health, reports Nature News' Zoë Corbyn. A Duke University team studied 49 captive female rhesus macaques all originally with a medium social rank, and then divided them into groups where their ranks changed.

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A genomic analysis of modern and ancient maize reveals a complicated domestication history, according to Reuters.

In PLOS this week: MYRF variant linked to congenital diaphragmatic hernia, analysis of the "dragon's blood" red resin produced by traditional medicine plants, and more.

CNBC reports that half of academic researchers leave after about five years.

Researchers have used genetic analysis to confirm a new type of salamander, the New York Times reports.