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Still Evolving

A new paper in PNAS finds that people are still evolving, but with increased pressure on weight and decreased pressure on intelligence.

Tasmanian tiger/thylacine/Tasmanian wolf

A genomic analysis of the Tasmanian tiger pointed to early genetic diversity declines in the species, while offering clues to convergent canid features.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: integrated genomic analysis of adult soft tissue sarcoma, positive selection has greater role in cancer than negative selection, and more.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: effector proteins contributing to Legionnaires' disease virulence, proteomic analysis of transition to quiescence, and more.

Batang Toru orangutan

Using genome sequencing, phylogenomics, morphological analyses, and more, investigators defined a rare new orangutan species dubbed Pongo tapanuliensis.

University of Chicago researchers combined epidemiological and viral gene evolution data to refine influenza modeling.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: grape genomes give insight into domestication, columnar cacti classification, and more.

Investigators saw muted negative selection against mutations in genomic data for more than 7,600 tumors, while mining positive selection patterns for cancer driver clues.

New Mexico is re-doing its proposed science education standards after criticism, the Associated Press reports.

A genome-wide association study involving almost 1,600 African individuals led to diverse skin pigmentation-associated loci with varied effects on the complex trait.

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Bloomberg reports that the DNA-for-cash deal reported in Kentucky might be a more widespread scam.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have treated infants with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency using gene therapy in an early phase study.

St. Louis Public Radio reports that some African Americans are turning to DNA ancestry testing to help guide genealogical searches.

In Nature this week: a genomic analysis of the snailfish Pseudoliparis swirei, ancient DNA analysis gives insight into the introduction of farming to England, and more.