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In Genome Biology this week: coding variants linked to cardiac conduction, comparison of two dozen differential gene expression analysis pipelines, and more.

A Stony Brook University-led team re-analyzed the FOXP2 gene for signs of selection using a larger, more diverse cohort, but were unable to find any.

The system, called EvolvR, can continuously diversify all nucleotides within a tunable window at user-defined loci using CRISPR-guided nickases.

Using genome sequencing and phylogenetics, researchers have shown that the industrial yeast Pichia kudriavzevii is genetically the same species as Candida krusei.

From infant skeletal remains going back hundreds of years, a team produced three Treponema pallidum genomes, representing both syphilis- and yaws-causing sub-species.

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.

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Newsweek discusses the privacy issues raised by digital medicine.

A group of statisticians wants to eliminate researchers' reliance on 'statistical significance,' according to NPR.

In Nature this week: genetic analysis of Anatolian farmers, cotton genome analysis, and more.

Matt Hancock, the UK health secretary, is calling for the swift rollout of predictive genetic tests, the Guardian reports.