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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.

This Week in Science

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

This Week in Nature

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.

This Week in PLOS

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.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: seagrass genome, fine mapping of genetic variations linked to schizophrenia, and more.

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Three genetic testing companies form a coalition to influence how Congress considers genetic privacy, The Hill reports.

University of California, San Diego researchers investigate how skin care products influence the skin microbiome, Scientific American reports.

The Wall Street Journal examines billing codes used by uBiome.

In PNAS this week: links between lung adenocarcinoma and lncRNA, algorithm to impute and cluster Hi-C interaction profiles from single cells, and more.