This Week in Nature

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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An artificial intelligence-based analysis suggests a third group of ancient hominins likely interbred with human ancestors, according to Popular Mechanics.

In Science this week: reduction in bee phylogenetic diversity, and more.

The New York Times Magazine looks into paleogenomics and how it is revising what's know about human history, but also possibly ignoring lessons learned by archaeologists.

The Economist reports on Synthorx's efforts to use expanded DNA bases they generated to develop a new cancer drug.