This Week in Nature

In Nature this week, a team from Queen Mary University reports on research indicating that convergent evolution — the process by which similar traits appear in different species — is widespread at the genetic level. They studied the rise of echolocation, which is present species ranging from bats to dolphins, comparing the genomes of 22 mammals, including ones with the ultrasonic ability, and found genetic signatures consistent with convergence in nearly 200 genomic regions.

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New results from the NASA Twins Study indicate that the immune system may rev up when in space, the Washington Post reports.

Kelvin Droegemeier, the new science advisor, spoke at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting, Geekwire reports.

In PNAS this week: whole-genome assembly for the white shark, paper-based microfluidic method for detecting the malaria parasite, and more.

The World Health Organization has announced the members of its gene-editing committee, according to NPR.