More Alike Than Not

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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A fire at a Manchester hospital may have destroyed lab equipment and data, the Guardian reports.

Researchers generate a genetic database from skeletal remains from the 1845 Franklin Expedition to the Arctic, Live Science reports.

Researchers in China have begun another trial using CRISPR/Cas9 approaches in cancer patients, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In Science this week: human DNA found in sediments from archeological sites lacking bones, and more.