This Week in PLoS

In a PLoS Genetics paper published this week, researchers at Australia's University of Queensland, along with their international collaborators, show that variants associated with ankylosing spondylitis — at 1q32 and STAT3 — suggest a genetic overlap between the inflammatory arthritic condition and Crohn's disease. The team interrogated 53 markers from 30 Crohn's-associated genomic regions in a population of 2,773 unrelated individuals affected by ankylosing spondylitis and 2,215 controls.

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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.