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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.

In Nature this week: genomic analysis of 200 bird species, and more.

In Genome Research this week: vervet genome, tandem repeats affect gene expression in great apes, and more.

In PNAS this week: Plasmodium knowlesi population structure, 'pre-adaptations' in algal ancestors of land plants, and more.

A proteomic and phylogenomic analysis places viruses on a universal tree of life and suggests that they evolved in parallel with modern cells.

Przewalski's horse, Mongolia.

Domestic and Przewalski's horse genomes reveal species-specific sequences, captive breeding effects, and insights into conserving the last of the wild horses.

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The Guardian reports that visa costs could prevent scientists and others from coming to the UK.

The Trump Administration is reconsidering its plan to issue an executive order to require federally funded research to be freely available upon publication, Times Higher Education reports.

Nature News says some preprint repositories may close down due to a lack of funds to cover costs.

In Nature this week: framework for analyzing cancer mutational signatures, treatment resistance in small cell lung cancer followed by increased intratumoral heterogeneity, and more.