This Week in Nature

The Broad Institute's Alexander Meissner and his colleagues report in a paper published online in advance in Nature this week on what they call "a unique regulatory phase of DNA methylation in the early mammalian embryo." Meissner et al.

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An artificial intelligence-based analysis suggests a third group of ancient hominins likely interbred with human ancestors, according to Popular Mechanics.

In Science this week: reduction in bee phylogenetic diversity, and more.

The New York Times Magazine looks into paleogenomics and how it is revising what's know about human history, but also possibly ignoring lessons learned by archaeologists.

The Economist reports on Synthorx's efforts to use expanded DNA bases they generated to develop a new cancer drug.