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Green-blooded lizards living on New Guinea were thought to all have descended from one ancestor, but according to Reuters, a new genetic analysis suggests the trait arose independently four times.

The lizards, called skinks, have green blood due to high levels of the green bile pigment biliverdin, which also turns their muscles, bones, and mucosal tissues a green hue, Reuters adds.

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At the Lancet, more than two dozen public health researchers condemn the conspiracy theories that have emerged surrounding the source of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Washington Post reports that Philip Leder, who helped uncover how DNA codes for proteins and studied the role of genes in cancer, has died.

Researchers from Trinity College Dublin and the University of Pittsburgh look into how often de novo genes arise and how important they may be.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: pipeline for genotyping Alu retrotransposon mobile element insertions, previously undocumented non-coding RNAs, and more.