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This Week in Science

In Science this week, a team of Swedish and US scientists present a genomic analysis of species of finches from the Galapagos Islands, identifying the genetic locus associated with the differences in sizes observed by Charles Darwin, contributing to his principle of character divergence — a process of morphological divergence that reduces competition for limited resources. The researchers sequenced the genomes of six species of Darwin's finches that differ in size and related traits.

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The Wall Street Journal reports that National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins' response to contamination concerns at the agency might have delayed care.

The final revision of the Common Rule doesn't include the proposed change requiring consent for leftover biospecimens.

The first Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology papers show mixed results.

In Nature this week: mobile phone-based targeted DNA sequencing, and more.