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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.

Three CRISPR researchers are to receive the Kavli Prize in nanoscience, according to the Associated Press.

Dramatic genetic diversity in Mycobacterium leprae isolates from medieval Europe could point to a long history or potential origins on the continent.

Independent research teams identified and sequenced hepatitis B strains going back thousands of years from samples in Europe, uncovering now-extinct lineages.

The researchers estimated that the newly sequenced late Neanderthals likely split from the lineage leading to much older Altai Neanderthal roughly 150,000 years ago.

By sequencing a handful of individuals who lived in Morocco some 13,900 to 15,100 years ago, investigators found clues to past population mergers in North Africa.

Sequence data for ancient and modern individuals in Remote Oceania and beyond suggests early populations were replaced without corresponding language changes.

A Max Planck-led team sequenced three dozen ancient humans found in the Baltic to unravel the region's population history.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: genomes of two organisms that regenerate body parts, sea lamprey genome, and more.

Researchers hope the genomes of the Mexican axolotl and the Schmidtea mediterranea worms will facilitate further studies on the processes behind regeneration. 

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In a commentary at eLife, Brandeis University's Eve Marder calls on researchers to value and pursue truth.

Researchers have developed a way to quickly edit white blood cells, according to the New York Times.

In Science this week: rice gene enables plants to grow quickly in times of flooding, and more.

Education-linked genetic variants could also predict a small portion of a person's social mobility, Newsweek reports.