This Week in PNAS

In this week's PNAS Early Edition, investigators at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine report their use of exome sequencing "to identify a homozygous Alu insertion in exon 9 of male germ cell-associated kinase as the cause of disease in an isolated individual with RP," or retinitis pigmentosa. The Iowa team screened 1,798 additional, unrelated RP patients and found 20 others who, like the proband, were homozygous for this insertion.

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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.