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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.

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.

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Kelvin Droegemeier, the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, is the new acting director of the US National Science Foundation.

Wired reports the University of California, Berkeley's Innovative Genomics Institute has transformed itself into a diagnostic lab to run SARS-CoV-2 tests.

An opinion piece at the Guardian discusses the state of SARS-CoV-2 testing in the UK.

In Nature this week: direct-capture Perturb-seq approach for combinatorial single-cell CRISPR screens, potential uses of genome-editing in breeding crops, and more.