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Researchers teased apart population interactions in Siberia's Lake Baikal region as far back as the Upper Paleolithic, identifying early genetic ties to individuals migrating to the Americas.
During the Black Death, Yersinia pestis isolates had low genetic diversity, but they diversified in multiple clades as the pandemic raged on.
In PNAS this week: diversity and spread of Yersinia pestis, local adaptations in switchgrass, and more.
Researchers reconstructed eight Yersinia pestis genomes using a method called "SNPEvaluation" that demonstrated genetic diversification among samples.
In Cell this week: gene editing-based strategy to screen for immune system regulators, ancient plague patterns, and more.
Using sequences from a 4,900-year-old Swedish gravesite, researchers identified a pathogenic form of Yersinia pestis circulating in Europe during the Neolithic Period.
Using newly sequenced and existing plague genomes, researchers saw signs that the Second Plague Pandemic may have involved multiple introductions to Europe.
An analysis of 3,800-year-old Yersinia pestis isolates pushed the advent of flea-based plague transmission back to around 4,000 years ago, earlier than once proposed.
Max Planck researchers reconstructed the genomes of six Yersinia pestis samples that date back between 4,800 years and 3,700 years.
In PLOS this week: plague patterns in Kyrgyzstan, trypanosomiasis susceptibility variants, and more.
Two COVID-19 vaccine developers have released their trial protocols to build public trust, the New York Times reports.
A new analysis finds the rapid COVID-19 test from DnaNudge to be highly accurate, Reuters reports.
In Science this week: global citizens' assembly on genome-editing technologies proposed, epigenetic markers predict metformin response, and more.
According to the Verge, many US states are not including positive results from rapid COVID-19 testing in their case numbers.