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New work done by the University of Washington's Evan Eichler and Franck Polleux at the Scripps Institute shows that when modern human diverged from australopithecines 2.5 million years ago, a single gene made copies of itself and changed the way human brains would develop, reports New Scientist's Sara Reardon.

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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.