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This Week in Science

In Science this week, a team led by University of Tubingen researchers report the sequencing and analysis of the genomes of medieval and modern Mycobacterium leprae, the pathogen responsible for leprosy, using ancient skeletons and existing patients. They found that the bacterium has not changed much genetically over the past millennium, with only about 800 mutations occurring among the 16 genomes examined, and that strains from the Americas most likely originated in Europe.

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Pacific Biosciences is hosting a competition in which researchers are vying to win free sequencing for an organism with the most interesting genome.

An opinion piece appearing in Newsday likens familial DNA searches to stop-and-frisk policies.

The San people of Africa have drawn up a code of conduct for researchers, according to the Conversation.

In Nature this week: genotypes linked to hip osteoarthritis, and more.