This Week in PLOS

In PLOS Genetics, a team led by investigators in the US and China explores ties between the placental transcriptome and traits such as birth weight, childhood obesity, and body mass index in childhood. Starting with data from prior genome-wide association analyses, the researchers narrowed in on a handful of expression quantitative trait loci and placental transcripts that coincided with variants implicated in birth and childhood weight features.

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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.