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A Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History-led team takes a look at the diversity and spread of plague-causing Yersinia pestis in Europe between the sixth and eighth centuries, spanning the Justinianic Plague in 541 AD and First Pandemic plague that stretched into 750 AD.

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US National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says he will avoid male-only speaker panels.

Two patients fell ill, and one subsequently died, following a fecal microbiome transplant that harbored multi-drug-resistant bacteria, according to the New York Times.

Technology Review reports that eGenesis is testing whether organs from genetically modified pigs can be transplanted into monkeys.

In Science this week: almond reference genome, and more.