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Vanderbilt University's John Anthony Capra tells the New York Times' Claudia Dreifus in a Q&A that mating between humans and Neanderthals likely took place about 50,000 years ago after some modern humans migrated out of Africa. Modern Europeans and Asians, but not modern Africans, have inherited between 1 percent and 5 percent of their DNA from a Neanderthal ancestor.

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A man has confessed to the rape and murder of developmental biologist Suzanne Eaton, according to the New York Times.

The Irish Times reports that US lawmakers and law enforcement agencies are concerned about ties between the US and Chinese genomics firms.

Parents of children with spinal muscular atrophy tell the Washington Post they are pushing to get insurance coverage of Novartis's Zolgensma.

In PNAS this week: gene mutations in individuals with syndromic craniosynostosis, putative colorectal cancer drivers, and more.