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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.

Researchers established a high-quality version of the five-pacer viper genome and used it to take a wider look at snake relationships and adaptations. 

Researchers from the US and Germany assembled the genome of the small nocturnal primate and found a number of unusual insertions, including a complete mitochondrial genome.

By focusing on sequences that have diverged rapidly in humans, researchers identified regulatory sequences suspected of affecting neural processes.

Mountain chickadee

Researchers used thousands of conserved sequences for more than 100 songbird species to reconstruct their diversification and historical expansion route.

A comparative genomics study suggests ants with obligate mutualist relationships to plants may have higher rates of molecular evolution than generalist ants.

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Researchers have sequenced the genome of the depth-dwelling giant squid.

Prosecutors have charged a former Drexel University professor with theft for allegedly spending federal grant money on adult entertainment and other unrelated expenses, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

 

Chris Collins, a former US representative, has been sentenced to more than two years in prison in an insider trading case involving an Australian biotechnology firm, the New York Times reports.

In PNAS this week: Trypanosoma brucei transcripts, estimate of people at risk of inherited retinal disease, and more.