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By sequencing four ancient cave bears and comparing them to other bear species, researchers retraced historical admixture of cave bears and brown bears.

Diet- and height-related variants were selected for in a Flores Island pygmy population, according to a study, which also provided insights into the population's history.

Got Big Brains

Researchers have uncovered a trio of human-specific genes that seem to govern people's large brain size, Reuters reports.

California Kids Cancer Comparison leader David Haussler said the project's workflow was able to match 100 percent of tumor samples it tested to possible treatments.

Such Long Sequences

Researchers have used a portable nanopore sequencer to sequence and assemble a human reference genome.

In Genome Research this week: long-read Caenorhabditis elegans sequences, enhancer patterns in breast cancer cell lines, and more.

Participants in the pilot will begin developing the capabilities required for the planned data commons, including making data transparent and interoperable.

To study sequence conservation and more, researchers involved in the 200 Mammal Project are turning to short-read genome assemblies and select genomes with greater contiguity. 

The institute will work with other HCA members to build a data-coordination platform for the initiative's researchers.

One From Each

The Genome 10K project is to sequence about 10,000 vertebrate genomes, including ones of endangered species, Digital Trends reports.

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Reuters reports that UK researchers are using gene-editing tools to develop flu-resistant chickens.

Nature calls for genomics to become part of the World Health Organization's cholera surveillance approach.

Vox explores a proposal to institute a lottery system to award grant funds.

In Genome Biology this week: gut microbiome study of individuals from Tanzania and Botswana, sixth version of the Network of Cancer Genes database, and more.