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A consortium has finished a draft sequence of the platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) genome, revealing that the unique creature has elements of both reptilian and mammalian genomes. The semi-aquatic monotreme “occupies a lonely twig at the end of a sparse branch of the vertebrate evolutionary tree,” a news article writes.

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Two researchers are calling for education for scientists on defending facts.

Researchers were among those who marched in London this weekend to call for another vote on Brexit.

Duke has agreed to pay $112.5 million to settle a lawsuit regarding its handling of data falsified by biologist Erin Potts-Kant. 

In PLOS this week: genetic factors influencing inorganic arsenic metabolism and toxicity, a germline variant in the cell adhesion molecule-coding gene DSCAM, and more.