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The analysis further indicated ties to Lapita populations that lived on Vanuatu and Tonga, suggesting Mariana Islanders may have helped settle Polynesia.

Investigators used sequence data for more than 200 ancient individuals from Mongolia and Russia to look at population migrations and interactions.

In Science this week: ancient dog genomes highlight long ties with humans, genomic analysis of 40,000-year-old early East Asian individual, and more.

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology researchers sequenced the nuclear genome isolated from 34,000-year-old skull bone uncovered in eastern Mongolia.

Science reports that Max Planck and Nature have struck a deal for affiliated authors to publish papers that are accessible to the public as well as access Nature-branded journals.

The Associated Press reports the trial of a Greek man accused of the rape and murder of a US researcher has begun.

In Science this week: analysis of mole genome sheds light on development of ovotestes.

CRISPR Chemistry Win

Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna have won this year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work developing the CRISPR gene editing tool, according to Reuters.

A gene cluster inherited by modern humans from Neanderthals was recently identified as a risk locus for respiratory failure following SARS-CoV-2 infection.

This week in Science: Neanderthal Y chromosomes replaced by Homo sapiens Y chromosomes, and more.


The Wall Street Journal reports on gaps in COVID-19 testing affecting less affluent urban areas and rural locations.

According to NBC News, new SARS-CoV-2 variants are making it harder for researchers to model the course of the pandemic.

The New York Times reports that experts say President Joe Biden's goal of vaccinating 1 million people a day in the US in the next 100 days is too low a bar.

In Science this week: single-cell lineage tracing technique applied to study lung cancer metastasis, and more.