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A comparative genomics approach finds that the ancestors of Eurasians likely took the northern route out of Africa through Egypt.

In Science this week: swapping yeast genes with human orthologs to study conservation of function, and more.

Researchers sequenced a 35,000-year-old wolf specimen from Siberia, using comparative genomics to tease apart the timing of wolf-dog divergence.

With genome sequences from 10 bee species, researchers unearthed regulatory changes contributing to more complex social systems in the insects.

Genome sequencing on almost 200 Ebola virus isolates from Sierra Leone pointed to a jump in genetic diversity in the virus from July to October of 2014.

Investigators from Germany, the US, China, and elsewhere have identified an ancient Romanian man just a few generations removed from a Neanderthal ancestor.

Common Eastern bumblebee.

Researchers sequenced the European buff-tailed bumblebee and North American common eastern bumblebee, comparing the genomes with other bee sequences.

Late Pleistocene woolly mammoths.

Researchers sequenced a 44,800-year-old Siberian woolly mammoth genome and a Wrangel Island mammoth that lived 4,300 year ago, close to the time of extinction.

lemon tree, Madrid

Researchers delved into citrus relationships and history with newly sequenced chloroplast genomes for 30 citrus plants and existing whole genomes for four more.

A Yale-led team has uncovered a number of enhancers and promoters with increased activity in humans, indicating a role for them in human cortical evolution.

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The Los Angeles Times reports that a case of the novel coronavirus making people ill in China has been reported in the US. 

A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a bill seeking increased funding for certain fields, including synthetic biology, ScienceInsider reports. 

Discover magazine writes that paleoproteomics is increasing being used in archaeology, paleoanthropology, and paleontology, including a recent study of a 6,000-year-old ring. 

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: mutagenic effects of ultraviolet "A" light, post-transcription effects of synonymous mutations, and more.