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Researchers also found that Neanderthals differed from humans more in the regulatory than protein-coding sequences of their genomes.

The researchers generated a skull shape score and applied it to a European ancestry cohort to tease out introgressed Neanderthal DNA linked to head shape.

In Nature this week: full UK Biobank dataset published, shark genomes give glimpse into cartilaginous fish evolution, and more.

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In an opinion piece at the Guardian, the National History Museum's Michael Dixon says the removal of Darwin and evolution from school curriculum is worrisome.

A phylogenetic analysis that included multiple samples per patient suggests overlapping driver mutations make their way into multiple metastases in each patient.

Brown bear.

By sequencing four ancient cave bears and comparing them to other bear species, researchers retraced historical admixture of cave bears and brown bears.

Plasmodium vivax parasites that infect humans have highly similar genomes to parasites that infect apes, a finding with possible disease-eradication consequences.

In Genome Biology this week: coding variants linked to cardiac conduction, comparison of two dozen differential gene expression analysis pipelines, and more.

A Stony Brook University-led team re-analyzed the FOXP2 gene for signs of selection using a larger, more diverse cohort, but were unable to find any.

The system, called EvolvR, can continuously diversify all nucleotides within a tunable window at user-defined loci using CRISPR-guided nickases.

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The Washington Post reports on researchers' efforts to determine the effect of an increasingly common SARS-CoV-2 mutation.

Florida Politics reports Florida's law barring life, long-term care, and disability insurers from using genetic information in coverage decisions went into effect at the beginning of July.

A new analysis finds a link between popular media coverage of a scientific study and how often that paper is cited.

In Nature this week: CRISPR approaches to editing plant genomes, way to speed up DNA-PAINT, and more.