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Researchers report using genotyping to tie together illegal ivory shipments and trace them back to a handful of cartels, the New York Times reports.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: saturation genome editing gives insight into BRCA1 variant functions, system to identify CRISPR off-target effects, and more.

The researchers said their findings could help classify BRCA1 variants, particularly one whose impact on cancer risk is currently not clear.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: genome-wide chromatin accessibility profile of mouse tissues, urea cycle dysregulation in cancer, and more.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: history and genetic diversity of the scarlet macaw, approach for predicting human flu virus evolution, and more.

In Genome Biology this week: coding variants linked to cardiac conduction, comparison of two dozen differential gene expression analysis pipelines, and more.

Researchers used long-read sequencing to generate more complete chimpanzee and orangutan genome assemblies, which they compared to gorilla and human assemblies.

The researchers applied their approach to admixed populations, including Latino-American and African-American populations in the US.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: pan-cancer analysis of Fbw7 mutations, COBASI approach to find single-nucleotide variants, and more.

Inder Verma had been on leave from PNAS since December after three female scientists at the Salk Institute filed a lawsuit claiming gender discrimination.

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The New York Times and ProPublica look into the close relationship between a startup and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Yahoo News reports millions of dollars are being transferred from NIH, CDC, and other programs to pay for the housing of detained undocumented immigrant children.

In Science this week: in vitro generation of human reproductive cells, and more.

Researchers gave a handful of octopuses MDMA to find that they too act more social on the drug, Gizmodo reports.