This Week in Science

In Science this week, an international team of researchers describe the sequencing of the sheep genome, adding the last missing piece of a reference genome collection for major livestock species. With the genomic data, they constructed a phylogenetic tree that compared the reference genome sequences among ruminants and other related species, tracing the lineage back millions of years ago. They also identified unique sheep genes, including ones that support the secretion of lanolin.

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A former Penn State Hershey Medical Center staffer has admitted to lying about skipping mandatory steps of genetic cancer tests he performed, the Associated Press reports.

The genome of a rare, red bat suggests that its effective population size has been in decline for thousands of years, according to a PLOS One study.

In Nature this week: investigation into the genetics of medulloblastoma, and more.

A project in the UK is to use genomic selection to speed spruce tree growth, according to Innovators Magazine.