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This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: ramifications of sexual recombination in bacteria, Mycobacterium leprae genome sequences, and more.

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.

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The former commissioner of the FDA has returned to the venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates as a special partner on the healthcare investment team.

Astronauts have edited yeast genes on the International Space Station in an experiment designed to show how cells repair themselves in space.

Emory University has found that two of its researchers failed to divulge they had received funds from China, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

In Science this week: influence of the nuclear genome on human mitochondrial DNA, and more.