A genetic mutation may have helped the Ebola virus infect humans during the 2014 outbreak in West Africa, the New York Times reports.

Two studies appearing in Cell this week found that the virus became better adapted to human hosts, despite a 2015 Virology paper suggesting that the virus hadn't changed significantly.

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The London School of Economics' Daniele Fanelli argues at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the reproducibility crisis in science isn't as dire as some say.

A team of researchers in Portugal has examined the genomic basis for racing pigeons' athleticism and navigational skills, finding it's likely polygenic.

Wired reports that diagnostic firms continue to seek, post-Theranos, the ability to diagnose diseases from small amounts of blood.

In Science this week: analysis of DNA from ancient North Africans, and more.