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In this week's Nature, Svante Pääbo and his colleagues report on sequencing the genome of an archaic hominin to 1.9-fold coverage, using DNA obtained from a finger bone found in Denisova Cave in southern Siberia. The researchers compared that genome to those of Neandertals and modern humans.

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified a small group of breakthrough COVID-19 cases, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense is to use genetic genealogy approaches to identify the remains of unknown soldiers.

Vox and Nature discuss the importance of preparing for the next pandemic.

In Nature this week: comparison of five circulating tumor DNA assays, resequencing analysis of lettuce gives insight into its domestication, and more.