Excitement is gathering around research published in Nature in which scientists say they have discovered a novel candidate archaeal phylum, or the potential missing link between archaea and eukaryotes.

In the paper, the Uppsala University-led team performed deep metagenomic sequencing on a group of microorganisms they dubbed Lokiarchaeota and assembled a 92 percent complete, 5.1 megabase pair composite sequence of the microbes. 

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The UK's Human Fertility and Embryology Authority calls for consumer genetic testing companies to warn customers that testing could uncover family secrets, according to the Guardian.

The New York Times reports that United Nations delegates have been discussing how to govern the genetic resources of the deep sea.

Researchers have transplanted edited cells into mice that appear to combat cocaine addiction, New Scientist reports.

In PNAS this week: analysis of proteolytic enzymes secreted by circulating tumor cells, phylogenetic study of Fv1 evolution, and more.