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In Nature Ecology & Evolution this week, an international research team reports the sequenced genomes of two giant tortoises — including Lonesome George, the last member of a now-extinct species of Galapagos Islands tortoises — yielding insights into the genetics of longevity and age-related disease. A comparison of the genomes to those of related species reveals lineage-specific variants affecting DNA repair genes, inflammatory mediators, and genes related to cancer development.

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US Agricultural Research Service scientists have sequenced the genome of the Asian giant hornet.

According to the Economist, pooled testing for COVID-19 could help alleviate strains on testing labs.

In Science this week: MIT researchers outline approach dubbed translatable components regression to predict treatment response among IBD patients.