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Researchers report that humans appear to be continuing to evolve, according to Newsweek.

The Washington State University and the University of Utah researchers said epigenetic variation may contribute to environmental adaptation in the birds.

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NPR reports that Turkish high school students will no longer study evolution.

In Nature this week: GWAS data used to reposition drugs for psychiatric use, and more.

Using thousands of genes from 90 animal species, investigators established models suggesting placental mammals diversified across the Cretaceous-to-Paleogene boundary.

In PLOS this week: Venezuelan equine encephalitis evolution and spread, Plasmodium vivax genetic diversity, and more.

The center, based in Frankfurt, is seeking to sequence more than 1,000 genomes per year, including exotic animal species.

The international team says its findings may explain the evolutionary reasons for the maintenance of coronary artery disease in human populations.

Mitochondrial and nuclear genome sequences from straight-tusked elephants indicated they were a sister lineage to African forest elephants.

In PNAS this week: statistical method for gene regulation evaluation, sea urchin gene regulatory networks, and more.

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Holden Thorp is to be the new editor-in-chief of Science and its related journals.

A genetic analysis of salmon scales collected over the course of a century points to a sharp decline in the number of fish returning each year to river in British Columbia, CBC reports.

Adelaide University has suspended the head of an ancient DNA lab as its investigation of workplace bullying continues, Australia's ABC News reports.

In PNAS this week: gene expression profiles of adipocyte subtypes, computational approach for improving plant expressome analysis, and more.