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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Researchers in China have generated mouse pups from same-sex parents, according to Scientific American.

Two research teams find a role for PIEZO2 in touch sensitivity after injury and inflammation.

The South China Morning Post reports that Hong Kong plans to add HK$20 billion (US$2.6 billion) to a research endowment.

In Science this week: open genetic genealogy databases can lead to the identification of individuals who have not sought testing, and more.