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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.

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.

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The Wall Street Journal reports on gaps in COVID-19 testing affecting less affluent urban areas and rural locations.

According to NBC News, new SARS-CoV-2 variants are making it harder for researchers to model the course of the pandemic.

The New York Times reports that experts say President Joe Biden's goal of vaccinating 1 million people a day in the US in the next 100 days is too low a bar.

In Science this week: single-cell lineage tracing technique applied to study lung cancer metastasis, and more.