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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.

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.

CRISPR/Cas9 has already made its way into fields like evolutionary developmental biology and experts believe it is going to be a fundamental technique in molecular biology.

Shared Origins

A researcher applies phylogenetic approaches to study the origins of creationist legislation in the US.

Contrary to the notion that Europeans introduced tuberculosis to Africa, sequencing data suggests the bacterium was already there.

Researchers have found an accumulation of mutations in the genome of the African cheetah that may contribute to its low reproductive success.

Two teams of researchers have sequenced the short-lived turquoise killifish, finding that aging-related genes cluster on its developing sex chromosomes.

Yakutian horse

Horses in the Siberian Far East appear to have been introduced by the Yakut population within the last several hundred years, adapting to the environment since then.

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Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine and Deloitte are looking into the use of drones to transport samples for testing. 

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing firm 23andMe is laying off about 100 people.

Researchers from Northwestern University examined dust for antibiotic-resistance genes, New Scientist reports. 

In Science this week: researchers present a computational method for predicting cellular differentiation state from single-cell RNA sequencing data, and more.