This Week in Science

In Science this week, a research team led by University of Utah and University of Copenhagen scientists publish the genomes of the domestic rock pigeon as well as 36 other breeds and two wild species of the bird, offering insights into how the animals evolved. The investigators found that most pigeon breeds originated in the Middle East, and that escaped birds of a racing breed contributed to North American populations.

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Lawrence Krauss writes at Slate that science is needed for good public policy and should not be ignored.

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In Cell this week: functional profiling of Plasmodium genome, a self-inactivating rabies virus, and more.