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This Week in PNAS

An international team of researchers has traced the origin of Phytophthora infestans, the pathogen behind the Irish potato famine, to central Mexico, rather than to the Andes, where it was previously thought to have originated. By sequencing a set of nuclear genes from P. infestans from Mexico and the South American Andes as well as from sister species, the researchers unraveled the history of this pathogen.

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An opinion piece in the New York Times urges lawmakers to keep genetic protections in place.

Research funding in Canada is to remain mostly the same, ScienceInsider reports.

In Science this week: random DNA replication errors play role in cancer, and more.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation embarks on an open-access publishing path.