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This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: comparison of commercial bisulfite kits, new method to predict essential proteins, and more

Got Big Brains

Researchers have uncovered a trio of human-specific genes that seem to govern people's large brain size, Reuters reports.

Velociraptor mongoliensis

Using bioinformatic and molecular cytogenetic approaches, researchers retraced ancestral "diapsid" reptile genome patterns from extant bird and reptile genomes.

Sequencing the genomes of a half a dozen chimp- or gorilla-infecting malaria parasites provided a clearer picture of Plasmodium falciparum evolution.

And Aren't Vulcan

A phylogenetic analysis of green-blooded lizards find the trait likely arose more than once, Reuters reports.

An analysis of more than 1,000 Neisseria gonorrhoeae genomes provided insights into antibiotic resistance patterns and related genomic features.

With genome-wide association study data, researchers saw enrichment for schizophrenia-linked SNPs in human-specific differentially methylated regions.

Dramatic genetic diversity in Mycobacterium leprae isolates from medieval Europe could point to a long history or potential origins on the continent.

Independent research teams identified and sequenced hepatitis B strains going back thousands of years from samples in Europe, uncovering now-extinct lineages.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: new donkey genome assembly, visualization of the herpes simplex virus, and more.

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A genomic analysis of modern and ancient maize reveals a complicated domestication history, according to Reuters.

In PLOS this week: MYRF variant linked to congenital diaphragmatic hernia, analysis of the "dragon's blood" red resin produced by traditional medicine plants, and more.

CNBC reports that half of academic researchers leave after about five years.

Researchers have used genetic analysis to confirm a new type of salamander, the New York Times reports.