This Week in Science

In Science this week, a Japanese research team reports that multiple copies of genes coding for ribosomal RNA helps protect the yeast genome following DNA damage. By comparing four Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains with 20 to 110 copies of rDNA genes, the researchers found that low-copy strains were more sensitive to a DNA damaging chemical or ultraviolet light than high-copy strains.

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Though many details have yet to be worked out, the draft deal for the UK's withdrawal from the EU is giving researchers some hints for what they can expect, Nature News says.

DNA testing has solved a 100-year-old mystery contained in the skull and teeth samples of a now-extinct monkey that once inhabited Jamaica, Gizmodo reports.

As the UN ponders a ban on gene drives, one malaria researcher says there are less dramatic ways to fight the disease in Africa than unleashing GM mosquitoes on a whole continent.

In Nature this week: an improved reference genome of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, genomes of four species of truffles, and more.