This Week in Nature

In Nature Communications, a group of Australian investigators presents an analysis of ancient cave art and bison DNA to shed light on the rise of the modern European bison. The animals are distinct from their American counterparts, but their origins were unclear due to a gap in the fossil record. The researchers analyzed the genomes of 64 ancient European bison and found that they resulted from a hybridization between the long-extinct Steppe bison and aurochs more than 120,000 years ago.

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Berkeley researchers have engineered yeast to make the molecule behind the hoppy taste of beer, Quartz reports.

King's College London researchers examine the influence of school type and genetics on academic achievement.

FiveThirtyEight writes that most who take a direct-to-consumer BRCA1/2 genetic test won't learn much from it.

In Science this week: early life experience influence somatic variation in the genome, and more.