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In this week's Nature Communications, a team led by University of Potsdam researchers reports the nearly complete mitochondrial genome of the South American native ungulate Macrauchenia patachonica, a member of an extinct class of animals whose unusual mix of morphological traits has puzzled scientists.

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The US Department of Justice has proposed a rule change to enable DNA to be collected from migrants, the Associated Press reports.

Bernard Fisher, a surgeon who changed how breast cancer is treated, has died at 101, the New York Times reports.

Washington Post columnist writes that she is skeptical about DNA-based diets.

In PNAS this week: recurrent inactivation of DEPDC5 in gastrointestinal stromal tumors, taxonomic reliability of GenBank sequences, and more.