This Week in PNAS

In a study slated to appear in the early, online version of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week, the University of Washington's Evan Eichler and colleagues report on retrotransposon rates and profiles present in the genomes of great apes. Using sequence data from 10 humans and 83 apes that were sequenced for the Great Ape Diversity Project, the team identified tens of thousands of fixed and polymorphic mobile element insertions in the great ape genomes.

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University of California, San Diego, researchers have developed a gene drive to control a fruit-destroying fly.

A new study of a β-thalassemia gene therapy appears promising, according to NPR.

Futurism writes that gene doping could be the next generation of cheating in sports.

In Nature this week: hair color genes, hybridization between 13-year and 17-year cicadas, and more.