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Researchers uncovered examples of potentially beneficial copy number variants introgressed from Neanderthals and Denisovans under positive selection in Melanesians.

For the first phase of the SG10K project, researchers sequenced thousands of Chinese, Malay, or Indian individuals from Singapore, uncovering new variants and population insights.

Using ancient DNA profiling, isotope analyses, and archeological clues, investigators saw high-status, male-centered families, along with more modest graves for unrelated individuals.

In PLOS this week: genetic analysis of Iranian ethnic groups, genome-wide methylation analysis of cataracts among giant pandas, and more.

In Science this week: sequencing study of 523 ancient individuals from South and Central Asia, and more.

By sequencing an Indus Valley Civilization representative and related individuals, investigators learned more about the South Asian ancestry, farming history, and languages.

A genomic analysis of ancient and modern samples revealed population clusters and ancestral contributions stemming from historical migrations and admixture events.

Careful With That

Researchers warn that there are finite ancient samples for genetic analysis and argue that policies should be in place to ensure they are studied responsibly.

Researchers uncovered six clusters among the more than 2,500 individuals they analyzed and noted varying degrees of Norse Viking ancestry in their cohort.

In Nature this week: ancient DNA uncovers presence of Mediterranean migrants at a Himalayan lake, and more.

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The US Department of Justice has proposed a rule change to enable DNA to be collected from migrants, the Associated Press reports.

Bernard Fisher, a surgeon who changed how breast cancer is treated, has died at 101, the New York Times reports.

Washington Post columnist writes that she is skeptical about DNA-based diets.

In PNAS this week: recurrent inactivation of DEPDC5 in gastrointestinal stromal tumors, taxonomic reliability of GenBank sequences, and more.