This Week in Nature

In this week's Nature Genetics, a team of European researchers presents a high-quality de novo assembly of the apple genome. The researchers identified a new hyper-repetitive retrotransposon sequence that was overrepresented in heterochromatic regions and estimate that a major burst of different transposable elements occurred 21 million years ago.

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Bavaria expands its forensic genetic analyses to include DNA phenotyping, raising discrimination concerns.

Tufts University researchers found a role for miRNA in transmitting stress between generations, the Economist reports.

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