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Sequencing the Squatch

Genetic testing firm DNA Diagnostics claims to have sequenced 20 whole mitochondrial genomes and three whole nuclear genomes from the hirsute North American creature known as Bigfoot or Sasquatch.

According to a press release issued by the company, sequencing "purported Sasquatch hair samples" revealed that the beast "is a hybrid species, the result of males of an unknown hominin species crossing with female Homo sapiens."

Specifically, they say, Sasquatch mtDNA is "identical to modern Homo sapiens, but Sasquatch nuDNA is a novel, unknown hominin related to Homo sapiens and other primate species."

The lead researcher on the study, Melba Ketchum, goes so far as to call on public officials "to immediately recognize the Sasquatch as an indigenous people" and to recognize their constitutional rights.

The company says that a paper on the findings is currently under peer review. We eagerly await the publication.

The Scan

Could Mix It Up

The US Food and Drug Administration is considering a plan that would allow for the mixing-and-matching of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines and boosters, the New York Times says.

Closest to the Dog

New Scientist reports that extinct Japanese wolf appears to be the closest known wild relative of dogs.

Offer to Come Back

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that the University of Tennessee is offering Anming Hu, a professor who was acquitted of charges that he hid ties to China, his position back.

PNAS Papers on Myeloid Differentiation MicroRNAs, Urinary Exosomes, Maize Domestication

In PNAS this week: role of microRNAs in myeloid differentiation, exosomes in urine, and more.