This Week in Nature

In Nature this week, Umea University researchers report the draft assembly of the Norway spruce genome sequence, marking the first such milestone for any gymnosperm. Despite the size of its genome, the number of well-supported genes of the tree is similar to the much smaller genome of Arabidopsis thaliana, and they found no evidence of recent whole-genome duplication in the gymnosperm lineage.

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A fire at a Manchester hospital may have destroyed lab equipment and data, the Guardian reports.

Researchers generate a genetic database from skeletal remains from the 1845 Franklin Expedition to the Arctic, Live Science reports.

Researchers in China have begun another trial using CRISPR/Cas9 approaches in cancer patients, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In Science this week: human DNA found in sediments from archeological sites lacking bones, and more.