This Week in Nature

In Nature this week, a team from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and elsewhere reports on the discovery of the oldest known human DNA. Mitochondrial DNA was extracted from the femur of a 400,000-year-old hominin found in Northern Spain. From this, the investigators were able to reconstruct an almost complete mitochondrial genome of the early human.

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Researchers hope to tease out the signature effects that different carcinogens leave on the genome to determine their contributions to disease, Mosaic reports.

The Wall Street Journal looks into the cost of new gene therapies.

An Imperial College London-led team reports that it was able to use a gene drive to control a population of lab mosquitos.

In PNAS this week: genomic effects of silver fox domestication, limited effect of mitochondrial mutations on aging in fruit flies, and more.