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Charles Criscione at Texas A&M University was first author on a study appearing this week in Genome Biology that created a genetic linkage map for the blood fluke, Schistosoma mansoni, in order to enable more research on this "neglected pathogen," says the abstract. He and his team genotyped grandparents, parents, and 88 progeny to construct a linkage map of 243 microsatellites positioned on 203 of the biggest scaffolds in the genome sequence.

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St. Louis Public Radio reports that some African Americans are turning to DNA ancestry testing to help guide genealogical searches.

In Nature this week: a genomic analysis of the snailfish Pseudoliparis swirei, ancient DNA analysis gives insight into the introduction of farming to England, and more.