This Week in PLoS

Researchers at MIT and elsewhere report in this week's PLoS Genetics on their comparative and functional genomics investigation of Rhodococcus opacus PD630 for potential biofuel development. The team sequenced the 9.27 Mb genome, and via metabolic reconstruction found 8,632 genes that they assigned to 2,017 metabolic reactions. Of all metabolic reaction-associated genes, the team found "261 ... were implicated in the R.

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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.