This Week in Nature

In this week's Nature, a team of British scientists publishes a genomic analysis of European ash trees (Fraxinus excelsior), providing clues as to why the British variant of these trees may be less susceptible to a fungal disease — called ash dieback — currently affecting much of the species. The team sequenced the genomes of one British ash tree and 37 others from throughout Europe, then compared the findings to the DNA sequences of 10 other plant species.

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In PLOS this week: comparative genomic study of malaria-linked macaque parasite, search for apple root reference genes, and more.