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Svante Pääbo, director of the genetics department at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, and his team are genetically engineering brain organoids that contain Neanderthal DNA in an attempt to understand how humans differ from Neanderthals, The Guardian reports.

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Researchers have sequenced the genome of the depth-dwelling giant squid.

Chris Collins, a former US representative, has been sentenced to more than two years in prison in an insider trading case involving an Australian biotechnology firm, the New York Times reports.

Prosecutors have charged a former Drexel University professor with theft for allegedly spending federal grant money on adult entertainment and other unrelated expenses, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

 

In PNAS this week: Trypanosoma brucei transcripts, estimate of people at risk of inherited retinal disease, and more.