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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National Geographic reports that marine mammals have lost a gene that could make them more susceptible to organophosphate damage.

NPR reports on Human Cell Atlas Consortium's effort to catalog all the different cell types within the human body.

The Union of Concerned Scientists surveyed US government scientists about Trump Administration policies and more, Science reports.

In PNAS this week: history and genetic diversity of the scarlet macaw, approach for predicting human flu virus evolution, and more.