This Week in Nature

In Nature this week, a Max Planck Institute-led team reports the results of a genome-analysis study suggesting that early modern humans and Neanderthals may have interbred far earlier than previously believed. The researchers analyzed the genomes of a Neanderthal and a Denisovan from the Altai Mountains of Serbia as well as hundred of African genomes. They also studied sequence data from chromosome 21 of two additional Neanderthals from different regions of Europe.

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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.