A post on the evolgen blog checks in on a new paper (in press at Nature Genetics) from Duke's Ralph Haygood and colleagues that tracks gene regulation -- in particular, cis regulatory regions -- as the major difference between chimps and humans. That helps to confirm the theory, posited in 1975 by Mary-Claire King and Allan Wilson, that regulatory regions would prove to be the differentiator between two species whose genome sequences are so similar.

 

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An artificial intelligence-based analysis suggests a third group of ancient hominins likely interbred with human ancestors, according to Popular Mechanics.

In Science this week: reduction in bee phylogenetic diversity, and more.

The New York Times Magazine looks into paleogenomics and how it is revising what's know about human history, but also possibly ignoring lessons learned by archaeologists.

The Economist reports on Synthorx's efforts to use expanded DNA bases they generated to develop a new cancer drug.