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In this week's Science, an international research team reports the sequencing of ancient African genomes, shedding new light onto divergence in human populations. The scientists sequenced the genomes of three Stone Age hunter-gatherers and four Iron Age farmers who lived in what is now South Africa, then analyzed them and compared the data to various modern and archaic genomes from around the world.

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Bioethicists disagree with a research team's decision to allow the return of risk results for adult-onset conditions from a newborn sequencing project, according to Reuters.

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Nature News reports that additional South Korean researchers have included the names of children on scientific papers when they did not contribute to the work.

In PLOS this week: statistical approach to prioritize rare variant searches, gene expression alterations in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and more.