In a finding that some are calling an evolutionary "game-changer," researchers say they've found two million-year-old bones in South Africa that belonged to a transitional figure that came before modern humans, reports the AP's Randolph Schmid.

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Jay Shendure and his colleagues have developed a new method to more comprehensively identify human cell types, the NY Times reports.

Researchers in the UK and Japan have shown that infertility in mice with three sex chromosomes can be overcome, according to the Guardian.

China is embracing preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Nature News reports. 

In PLOS this week: host genetic factors associated with cervical neoplasia progression, population patterns for an ancient flowering rainforest plant, and more.