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Here's a short piece from the New York Times about scientists who used DNA analysis to determine that a newly discovered ant is "the most primitive of living ants, its DNA least changed in the more than 100 million years that ants have crawled around." Don't miss the spiffy infographic, which offers some interesting trivia on Martialis heureka (the ant's name is a joke based on E.O. Wilson's reaction to seeing it for the first time).

 

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The Washington Post reports on researchers' efforts to determine the effect of an increasingly common SARS-CoV-2 mutation.

Florida Politics reports Florida's law barring life, long-term care, and disability insurers from using genetic information in coverage decisions went into effect at the beginning of July.

A new analysis finds a link between popular media coverage of a scientific study and how often that paper is cited.

In Nature this week: CRISPR approaches to editing plant genomes, way to speed up DNA-PAINT, and more.