Neander-Brains

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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NPR reports that researchers in Italy are testing a gene drive aimed at controlling mosquito populations.

Researchers may experience the effects of the government shutdown for a while, the Los Angeles Times reports.

A new study finds that the majority of patients at a Tijuana clinic received a diagnosis after first-line genome sequencing, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

In Genome Biology this week: post-transcriptional modification-based stratification of glioblastoma, single-cell analysis of gene expression and methylation in human iPSCs, and more.