This Week in PLOS

In PLOS Genetics, researchers from the US Department of Agriculture Forest Service and elsewhere report on findings from their effort to characterize the genome, transcriptome, and secretome of Phlebiopsis gigantea, a white-rot fungus from the Agaricomycetes fungal class that can successfully set up shop in conifer material containing compounds that deter most other fungal species.

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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.