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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.

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.

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Nature News writes that additional details about the UK plan for an agency to support high-risk, high-reward science are needed.

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

The Wall Street Journal writes new studies are giving glimpses into the origins of SARS-CoV-2.

In PLOS this week: analysis of Plasmodium population structure, qPCR assay to diagnose scabies, and more.