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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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Researchers representing scientists and students of Chinese descent voice their concerns about recent US policies and rhetoric.

Wired reports that researchers have shown they could reprogram a DNA-based computer.

Researchers say increased diversity in genomic studies will benefit all, PBS NewsHour reports.

In Science this week: whole-genome sequencing of single sperm cells, and more.