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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.

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

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President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Eric Lander to serve as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Associated Press says.

Nature News writes that scientists are trying to figure out how to name the new strains of SARS-CoV-2 that are emerging.

The New York Times reports that researchers are studying identical twins who had COVID-19 to understand the influence of genetics on disease severity.

In PNAS this week: epistasis affecting cystic fibrosis, Tiger rattlesnake genome gives venom insight, and more.