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This Week in Science

In a paper published online in advance in Science this week, Matthias Fischer and Curtis Suttle at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver report on a virophage that they say "represents an evolutionary link between double-stranded DNA viruses and Maverick/Polinton eukaryotic DNA transposons." They suggest that these transposons "may have originated from ancient realtives of Mavivirus," although they say they have not ruled out "alternative evolutionary scenarios."

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In PNAS this week: variation patterns in wheat lines, regulatory variation in Capsella grandiflora, and more.

A Rockefeller University researcher is using edited ants to explore complex biological systems, the New York Times writes.

There's a heritable aspect to how much time people spend online, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Stat News reports that Joseph Gulfo is another contender for FDA commissioner.