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Genome sequencing on almost 200 Ebola virus isolates from Sierra Leone pointed to a jump in genetic diversity in the virus from July to October of 2014.

lemon tree, Madrid

Researchers delved into citrus relationships and history with newly sequenced chloroplast genomes for 30 citrus plants and existing whole genomes for four more.

A Yale-led team has uncovered a number of enhancers and promoters with increased activity in humans, indicating a role for them in human cortical evolution.

An international team has sequenced the genome of the Tibetan Plateau frog  to help elucidate tetrapod evolution and high-altitude adaptation.

Packs a Punch

The genome of the carnivorous bladderwort is smaller than many other plant genomes, but it still holds on to important genes.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: gene linked to expansion of the human neocortex, and more.

Killer whale, walrus, manatee, and bottlenose dolphin sequences suggest convergent molecular evolution often occurs independent of shared phenotypic adaptations.

The team tracked down several hundred SNPs in the Ebola genome, including mutations that could alter the effectiveness of treatments targeting certain virus sequences.

Using a combination of genotyping and sequencing, an international team traces the history of a Mycobacterium tuberculosis lineage and its links to drug resistance.

Genome sequences from ancient horses that lived thousands of years before domestication are serving as a resource for studying the domestication process. 

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The Washington Post reports on a Federal Bureau of Investigation plan to place rapid DNA analyzers at booking stations around the country.

In an editorial, officials from scientific societies in the US and China call for the international community to develop criteria and standards for human germline editing.

The US National Institutes of Health is to review studies that have received private support for conflicts of interest, according to the New York Times.

In Science this week: the PsychENCODE Consortium reports on the molecular mechanisms of neuropsychiatric disorders, and more.