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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.

An international team has sequenced the Zostera marina genome to uncover gene gains and losses that helped it in its return to the sea.

The University Medical Center Utrecht researchers' epigenomic analysis of primate brains uncovered human-specific cis gene-regulatory changes.

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According to New Scientist, GEDmatch changed its terms and conditions over the weekend to opt its users out of law enforcement searches.

The Atlantic looks into time spent pursuing gene leads generated through candidate gene studies.

A twin study uncovers evidence that genes may influence whether someone gets a dog, Martha Stewart reports.

In PNAS this week: Cdx2 cells can help regenerate heart tissue in mice following a heart attack, PIWI-interacting small RNA levels in human cancer, and more.