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The epigenome can be detected in some ancient human remains, the New Scientist reports. Following a report last year that DNA methylation could be detected in 26,000-year-old bison bones, the University of Texas at Austin's Rick Smith collected a number of ancient human remains for testing. He presented his work last week at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in Knoxville, Tenn., New Scientist adds.

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The US Department of Justice has proposed a rule change to enable DNA to be collected from migrants, the Associated Press reports.

Bernard Fisher, a surgeon who changed how breast cancer is treated, has died at 101, the New York Times reports.

Washington Post columnist writes that she is skeptical about DNA-based diets.

In PNAS this week: recurrent inactivation of DEPDC5 in gastrointestinal stromal tumors, taxonomic reliability of GenBank sequences, and more.