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Using ancient DNA profiling, isotope analyses, and archeological clues, investigators saw high-status, male-centered families, along with more modest graves for unrelated individuals.

During the Black Death, Yersinia pestis isolates had low genetic diversity, but they diversified in multiple clades as the pandemic raged on.

In Science this week: four reviews examine what's known about the associations between genotype and phenotype, and more.

Using 350 human genomes from different populations, the two centers plan to develop a multi-genome reference sequence that is as complete as possible.

In PNAS this week: spatial transcriptomic approach for quantifying RNA transcripts within subcellular compartments, proteomic study of dental samples from individuals who lived during Ireland's Great Famine, and more.

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Winners of this year's Breakthrough Prize in the life sciences include researchers who studied neurodegenerative disorders and protein folding.

The Scientist reports on efforts to tease out what Neanderthal-derived alleles in modern humans do.

Illumina is contributing reagents for 100 genomes worth of short-read sequence data to help scientists generate 100 new high-quality reference genomes.

Researchers saw representatives from at least three population clusters who died up to 1,000 years apart at the "enigmatic" site in the Indian Himalayas.

A man has confessed to the rape and murder of developmental biologist Suzanne Eaton, according to the New York Times.

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In PLOS this week: Mycobacterium abscessus linked to gastric conditions, placental gene expression changes associated with preterm birth, and more.

The Guardian reports that UK universities are looking into ways to reduce labs' reliance on single-use plastics.

MIT's Technology Review reports on a company's genetic test that gauges an embryo's susceptibility to certain diseases.

People with certain gene variants tend to not like vegetables, particularly bitter ones, CNN reports.