Recent studies on phylogeny and evolution suggest that the tree of life may have a fourth branch. Some of this evidence, says Carl Zimmer at The Loom, comes from a newly-discovered group of viruses, called "giant viruses" because they are about a hundred times bigger than typical viruses and can have more than 1,000 genes.

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The London School of Economics' Daniele Fanelli argues at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the reproducibility crisis in science isn't as dire as some say.

A team of researchers in Portugal has examined the genomic basis for racing pigeons' athleticism and navigational skills, finding it's likely polygenic.

Wired reports that diagnostic firms continue to seek, post-Theranos, the ability to diagnose diseases from small amounts of blood.

In Science this week: analysis of DNA from ancient North Africans, and more.