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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.

Conifer trees.

Analyses on sequence data for more than two-dozen plants point to two previously unknown whole-genome duplication events in the conifer lineage.

The genomes of two hemichordate worms served as fodder for comparisons that provide a look at the shared ancestor of animals in the deuterostome super-phylum.

An online poll has named On the Origin of Species the most influential academic book.

The organizations will use genomics to further research in evolution, ecology, agriculture and aquaculture, and science education and popularization.

Researchers have sequenced the genome of a 4,500-year-old man from southern Ethiopia and examined West Eurasian admixture in African populations.

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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have treated infants with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency using gene therapy in an early phase study.

Bloomberg reports that the DNA-for-cash deal reported in Kentucky might be a more widespread scam.

St. Louis Public Radio reports that some African Americans are turning to DNA ancestry testing to help guide genealogical searches.

In Nature this week: a genomic analysis of the snailfish Pseudoliparis swirei, ancient DNA analysis gives insight into the introduction of farming to England, and more.