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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.

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.

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

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The editorial board of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says other lawmakers should take Florida's approach and provide additional protections against genetic discrimination.

The Hill reports 17 states and the District of Columbia are suing over a new policy that would strip international students of their visas if they only attend classes online.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention employees call on the agency to label racism a public health crisis and examine its own policies, NPR reports.

In PNAS this week: genetic evidence for Inca resettlement, analysis of spermatogonial stem cell transcriptomes, and more.