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In PLOS this week: chromosomal insertion mechanisms, phylogeographic analysis of the Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever virus, and more.

Researchers in the US and Ukraine built a microRNA-based classifier to categorize infants as affected or unaffected.

Colugo

With the help of a new draft genome assembly, researchers have found that a Southeast Asian gliding mammal called the colugo is closely related to primates. 

Researchers narrowed in on a HMGA2 gene haplotype that became more common in small-beaked medium ground finches competing for food during a drought.

The lab-on-a-drone in flight.

Researchers have demonstrated the method can be used to run rapid diagnostic assays, with the quadcopter drone's blades adapted to centrifuge spin columns.

finch

Researchers sequenced 120 finches from the Galápagos and Cocos Island to resolve bird phylogeny and explore the genetic basis of fast-evolving features.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A team led by researchers from Washington University, Texas A&M University, and the University of Missouri has used comparative genomics to search for genetic signatures associated with biological and behavioral features found in the domestic cat, Felis silvestris c

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Scientists from the Texas A&M University, Baylor College of Medicine, and the University of Houston will use a $4.4 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to create a research center focused on the study of environmental health risks,

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Scientists at Texas A&M University have been awarded a $500,000 grant from the US Department of Agriculture to use genome sequencing, molecular analysis, phenotyping, and other approaches to develop markers and trait-selection toolkits for improved cotton breeding,

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) –The Texas A&M University System has contributed $1.3 million in funding to support new genomics and bioinformatics-based internal research initiatives and to fund new research teams and training programs focused on these research areas.

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The final text of the bill to reauthorize the America COMPETES Act might smooth over the differences between NSF and the House science committee, ScienceInsider says.

Four Republican lawmakers urge President-elect Donald Trump to keep Francis Collins as NIH director, Stat News reports.

In Genome Research this week: Platinum variant catalog, algorithmic strategy for upgrading fragmented assemblies, and more.

Sequencing of a 10,000-year-old mummy leads to its repatriation to the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe, Nature News reports.