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In Science this week: mechanisms of trait adaptation in wild mice, and more.

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Science reports on a preprint that looks into horizontal gene transfer events between eukaryotes and prokaryotes.

Researchers also found that Neanderthals differed from humans more in the regulatory than protein-coding sequences of their genomes.

The researchers generated a skull shape score and applied it to a European ancestry cohort to tease out introgressed Neanderthal DNA linked to head shape.

In Nature this week: full UK Biobank dataset published, shark genomes give glimpse into cartilaginous fish evolution, and more.

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In an opinion piece at the Guardian, the National History Museum's Michael Dixon says the removal of Darwin and evolution from school curriculum is worrisome.

A phylogenetic analysis that included multiple samples per patient suggests overlapping driver mutations make their way into multiple metastases in each patient.

Brown bear.

By sequencing four ancient cave bears and comparing them to other bear species, researchers retraced historical admixture of cave bears and brown bears.

Plasmodium vivax parasites that infect humans have highly similar genomes to parasites that infect apes, a finding with possible disease-eradication consequences.

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

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The Washington Post reports that a Russian Academy of Sciences commission has led to the retraction of hundreds of scientific papers.

The Los Angeles Times' Daily Pilot reports the chief executive of Vantari Genetics has pleaded guilty in a kickback scheme.

News 4 Jax reports that a Florida bill to prevent life and long-term care insurers from using genetic information in their coverage decisions has easily passed one committee.

In Science this week: potentially pathogenic mutations found in hematopoietic stem cells from young healthy donors, and more.