This Week in Nature

In this week's Nature, an international team of researchers reports on the sequencing and analysis of the genomes of two acorn worms, gaining new insights into the origins of deuterostomes — a diverse group of organisms that includes the worms, starfish, and humans, and whose phylogeny is unclear.

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Researchers have sequenced the northern white rhinoceros to gauge whether it could be brought back from the edge of extinction, the New York Times reports.

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.

In Science this week: gut microbiome influences liver cancer growth, spread; and more.