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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Modern humans who carry certain stretches of Neanderthal DNA have slightly less rounded heads, according to a new study.

Modern humans have more globular skulls as compared to other primates and even ancient hominins, both of which have more elongated skulls. This difference in skull shape is thought to be a key step in the evolution of the modern human brain.

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A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a bill seeking increased funding for certain fields, including synthetic biology, ScienceInsider reports. 

The Los Angeles Times reports that a case of the novel coronavirus making people ill in China has been reported in the US. 

Discover magazine writes that paleoproteomics is increasing being used in archaeology, paleoanthropology, and paleontology, including a recent study of a 6,000-year-old ring. 

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: mutagenic effects of ultraviolet "A" light, post-transcription effects of synonymous mutations, and more.

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