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An international consortium of researchers has reported results from a study of the potato genome, reports New Scientist's Debora MacKenzie. Most potatoes hold four copies of its genome, each of which is different from the others, "making sequencing a nightmare," MacKenzie says.

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Springer Nature announces €9,500 fee to make papers open-access in Nature and its family of journals.

Librarians have concluded that notebooks that belonged to Charles Darwin that were thought to have been lost were actually likely stolen, CNN reports.

An early SARS-CoV-2 alteration may have enabled it to spread more easily, according to the New York Times.

In PNAS this week: ultrarare variants contribute to aging-related hearing loss, telomeres of cells infected with herpesvirus, and more.