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This Week in Nature

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.

Using genome sequences for 161 present-day Papuans and Island Southeast Asians, researchers described three Denisovan lineages and estimated divergence times between them.

With ancient mitochondrial sequences from all seven Canary Islands, researchers identified at least two early migrations involving shifting populations from North Africa.

The researchers found evidence of genetic continuity in Anatolia, even as the subsistence strategy changed from hunting and gathering to farming.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: analysis of ancient DNA recovered from Iberian populations, and more.

Two ancient DNA studies published today examined admixture and genetic changes among Iberian populations, starting from the Paleolithic Era.

A University of Pennsylvania-led team found that genetic population structure in Africa is associated with geography, as well as with language and lifestyle.

Researchers sequenced 45 individuals from the Caucasus and steppe region between 3,500 and 6,500 years ago, teasing out distinct populations and shared relationships.

An artificial intelligence-based analysis suggests a third group of ancient hominins likely interbred with human ancestors, according to Popular Mechanics.

In the Past

The New York Times Magazine looks into paleogenomics and how it is revising what's know about human history, but also possibly ignoring lessons learned by archaeologists.

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The American Prospect writes that the pilot program to test the DNA of migrants could lead to more family separations.

An international commission is to develop a report on how researchers, clinicians, and regulators should evaluate the clinical applications of human germline genome editing.

The US Department of Agriculture presents a new blueprint for animal genomic research.

In Genome Research this week: repetitive element deletion linked to altered methylation and more in form of muscular dystrophy; human contamination in draft bacterial and archaeal genomes; and more.