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High-quality reference genomes for the platypus and echidna — two egg-laying mammals, or monotremes, of Australasia — are presented in Nature this week, providing insights into mammalian evolution.

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NPR reports that researchers have developed chimeric embryos as part of work toward growing human organs in animals for organ transplants.

According to the Washington Post, the Biden Administration is set to make changes to federal restrictions on fetal tissue research.

In Science this week: approach to isolated trace DNA from archaic humans from sediments, and more.

Texas Monthly looks into the DNA Zoo being collected by Baylor College of Medicine researchers.