Hoping for More

Francis Collins, the director of the US National Institutes of Health, tells the Chronicle of Higher Education's Paul Basken that he is encouraged by the recent budget increase request for his agency that is part of President Barack Obama's budget proposal. That $4 trillion budget proposal for FY 2016 includes some $31.3 billion for the NIH.

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An artificial intelligence-based analysis suggests a third group of ancient hominins likely interbred with human ancestors, according to Popular Mechanics.

In Science this week: reduction in bee phylogenetic diversity, and more.

The New York Times Magazine looks into paleogenomics and how it is revising what's know about human history, but also possibly ignoring lessons learned by archaeologists.

The Economist reports on Synthorx's efforts to use expanded DNA bases they generated to develop a new cancer drug.