University of Copenhagen

University of Copenhagen researchers analyzed ancient DNA from medieval parchment, New Scientist says.

Scientists reported this week for the first time a Danish reference genome based on the de novo assembly of 150 genomes from 50 family trios.

Core elements of the new program include integrating genomic data into electronic medical records and the establishment of a national genome center.

Danish researchers link the expression of three genes to being obese, but metabolically healthy, the Guardian reports.

Sea of Shark DNA

Researchers are studying a whale shark population by isolating its DNA from ocean water samples, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Bowhead whale tail

University of Copenhagen researchers sequenced midden samples from various Greenland cultures to better understand their diets.

A University of Copenhagen-led team found that regions with high levels of human activity harbor lower levels of amphibian genetic diversity.

Researchers used metagenomic sequencing to profile gut microbial genes in pigs from three countries, representing hundreds of animals across 17 breeds.

The New York Times profiles the University of Copenhagen's Eske Willerslev.

Horses in Kazakhstan

Ancient genomes for 2,300 to 4,000 year-old horses are offering a genetic look at features found partway through domestication.

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Two researchers have found that behavioral genetic defenses in criminal cases don't tend to affect outcomes, according to Popular Science.

Researchers report that while host genetics influence the oral microbiome, they don't appear to affect cavity-causing microbes, the Economist says.

Pandas' gut microbiomes change as what they eat changes with the seasons, writes Discover's Inkfish blog.

In PLOS this week: comparative genomic study of malaria-linked macaque parasite, search for apple root reference genes, and more.