This Week in PLOS

The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology's Marcello Mannino and colleagues from Italy, Spain, and Canada have sequenced mitochondrial DNA from ancient remains found on Italy's Favignana island. The work was done as part of the team's effort to characterize the origins and diets of prehistoric hunter-gatherers that once lived in the Sicily and nearby parts of the Mediterranean Basin.

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Helix customers can purchase apps that interpret different aspects of their genome, Technology Review reports.

The New York Times reports that a number of companies and research institutes are pursuing gene therapies.

Salmon with shorter telomeres survive to make the trip back to their river homes, New Scientist reports.

In PLOS this week: vaginal microbiome composition, population patterns of Chagas-carrying Rhodnius ecuadoriensis, and more.