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The effectiveness of gene drives will likely be dampened by evolution, Nature News reports.

The sweep became more common in Anopheles funestus mosquitoes in Malawi and Mozambique after increased vector control efforts.

The new sequences also uncovered two new gene families likely involved in Plasmodium malariae's ability to invade host cells.

Researchers suspect Denisovan-like sequences may reflect adaptive introgression of sequences related to brown fat development and cold adaptation.

By analyzing hundreds of rabies virus genomes from isolates collected over 65 years, researchers characterized evolutionary features in two main RABV groups.

The tiger tail seahorse genome was sequenced, assembled, and analyzed with an eye to understanding the creature's unusual traits relative to other fish.

Researchers sequenced the genomes of two African wild dogs from Kenya and South Africa to tease apart population patterns and adaptations in the endangered animal.

A sequenced variola virus isolate from the 1600s points to a relatively recent common ancestor for viruses involved in 20th century smallpox infections.

Analysis of a gene associated with basal progenitor cell expansions in the brain suggests a single splice site change led to human-specific forms of the gene transcript.

Modern humans' population size has enabled weakly deleterious Neanderthal genes to be removed from the human genome, UC Davis researchers found.

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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.