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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.

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

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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.