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

This Week in PLOS

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.

This Week in PNAS

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

A new study suggests that teaching secondary school students genetics before evolution bolsters their understanding of evolution.

Where in the Family?

Sequencing could help resolve Homo naledi's spot on the hominid family tree, but Jennifer Raff writes at the Guardian that its DNA has been hard to find.

New bills have been introduced across the US that aim to alter science education standards, according to Nature News.

For Darwin

A US lawmaker introduces largely symbolic legislation to honor Charles Darwin, the Associated Press reports.

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The New York Times Magazine examines gender discrimination at the Salk Institute.

Science reports that MD Anderson Cancer Center has dismissed three researchers over foreign tie concerns.

A second death in gene therapy trial for type 1 spinal muscular atrophy is under investigation, according to Reuters.

In PLOS this week: antibiotic resistance patterns in Escherichia coli, a dozen genetic loci tied to varicose vein risk, and more.