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Atlantic salmon

An international team explored the evolutionary history of salmonid fish using a new, high-quality genome sequence for the Atlantic salmon.

Not 'Just a Theory'

At the New York Times, Carl Zimmer explains what a scientific theory is.

Researchers have found that an anti-viral enzyme has generated clusters of mutations that have affected the evolution of hominid genomes.

The new genome assembly for a western lowland gorilla named Susie has fewer gaps than a prior assembly produced from short reads and Sanger sequencing.

In Science this week: DNA derived from Denisovans uncovered in modern-day Melanesians, and more.

In Nature this week: analysis of nuclear DNA from ancient hominin, epigenetic influence on obesity, and more.

Nuclear DNA from 430,000-year-old hominins has indicated a close relationship with the ancestors of Neanderthals, a finding that differs from previous mitochondrial analyses.

In PLOS this week: sites in dog genome under selection during early domestication, tuberculosis transmission patterns, and more.

Researchers reported on the spotted gar genome, representing a ray-finned fish lineage that diverged prior to the whole-genome duplication affecting the teleost lineage.

A phylogenetic study based on genomic and/or transcriptomic data from dozens of arachnid taxa provided insights into spider relationships and orb web evolution.

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In PLOS this week: preconception carrier screening program results, comparative genomics-based analysis of Elizabethkingia meningoseptica, and more.

Canadian regulators are beginning to share information from new drug studies, Undark reports.

In a column at the Dallas Morning News, the Stanley Medical Research Institute's E. Fuller Torrey says the Human Genome Project hasn't delivered on promised results.

Researchers explore a possible genetic cause for some cases of sudden infant death syndrome, KOMO News reports.