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In Nature this week: tooth enamel origins, new blood pressure-linked loci, and more.

Hints from living fish and ancient fossils reveal overlap between an enamel-like skin covering called ganoine and the enamel that covers tetrapod animals' teeth.

The Lingula anatina genome sheds light on brachiopod evolution, particularly the origin of the phosphate biomineralization process it uses to make its shell.

Researchers from the University of Queensland reported that many independent loci contribute to genetic differences in height and body mass index across European populations.

Through phylogenetic and other analyses, researchers found that regional isolation drives the diversification of bacteria within the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients.

Snippets of sequence from thousands of organisms offered a look at the source of endemic populations at various elevation zones on Malaysia's Mount Kinabalu.

golden jackal, Serengeti

Sequences from golden jackals, wolves, and other canines suggest the Africa's golden jackal is not part of the same species as golden jackals in Eurasia.

Scientists found that extinctions of many species during the last glacial period coincided with periods of rapid warming.

Arnold Böcklin: Die Pest (1889)

A later change in the protease gene likely enabled the bacterium to cause the invasive infection of bubonic plague.

In Cell this week: biobank of colorectal cancer organoids, ancient wolf genome analysis, and more.

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The Washington Post reports that a Russian Academy of Sciences commission has led to the retraction of hundreds of scientific papers.

The Los Angeles Times' Daily Pilot reports the chief executive of Vantari Genetics has pleaded guilty in a kickback scheme.

News 4 Jax reports that a Florida bill to prevent life and long-term care insurers from using genetic information in their coverage decisions has easily passed one committee.

In Science this week: potentially pathogenic mutations found in hematopoietic stem cells from young healthy donors, and more.