Scientists at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a new method for producing human induced pluripotent stem cells from which the lentiviral reprogramming factors have been excised.

A Whitehead researcher said this week that the cells, derived from patients with sporadic Parkinson's disease, remained pluripotent and revealed a gene-expression profile that more closely resembled human embryonic stem cells than human iPS cells still carrying the reprogramming factors.

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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.

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