This Week in PLOS

Researchers at the University of Michigan present in PLOS One this week new software to analyze aptamer-free SELEX-seq data, which they have dubbed TFAST. "TFAST is designed with a simple graphical interface so that it can be installed and executed without extensive expertise in bioinformatics," the team writes, adding that it "completes analysis within minutes on most personal computers."

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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.