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At Nature, researcher Chris Stringer of the Natural History Museum in London asks what makes a modern human. Compared to their ancestors, modern humans have evolved certain traits that are easy to distinguish, like the shape of their skulls or skeleton constructions. After that, it gets a little harder to tell the ancestors' traits from modern humans' traits, Stringer says.

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Oil made from gene-edited soybeans is already in use, according to the Associated Press.

USA Today reports that Department of Veterans Affairs is teaming up with Sanford Health to provide veterans with genetic testing.

Mother Jones reports there are few regulations overseeing the use of genetic genealogy by law enforcement.

In Science this week: analysis of ancient DNA recovered from Iberian populations, and more.