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In Genome Research this week: new repeat family found in marmosets, mtDNA heteroplasmy, and more.

Mitochondrial genome sequences from a large glyptodont called Doedicurus suggest glyptodonts were giant members of a lineage in the middle of the armadillo tree. 

Using hundreds of mitochondrial DNA sequences for mites from 70 human hosts, researchers identified four main follicle mite lineages that largely matched host ancestry.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: SNP data helps retrace migration and admixture events in South America, Czechoslovakian wolfdog genetic features, and more.

Researchers sequenced the mitochondrial genome of an ancient Incan boy.

Researchers examine plant and human DNA found on the Shroud of Turin.

A partnership with the Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine and Seahorse Bioscience, the clinical program will evaluate Seahorse's XF Technology.

Scientists found that extinctions of many species during the last glacial period coincided with periods of rapid warming.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: mitochondrial DNA dynamics, tuberculosis transmission patterns in Malawi, and more.

An editorial appearing at The Scientist bemoans the high numbers of mitochondrial genome papers and suggests a different path for mitochondrial genome research.


According to New Scientist, GEDmatch changed its terms and conditions over the weekend to opt its users out of law enforcement searches.

The Atlantic looks into time spent pursuing gene leads generated through candidate gene studies.

A twin study uncovers evidence that genes may influence whether someone gets a dog, Martha Stewart reports.

In PNAS this week: Cdx2 cells can help regenerate heart tissue in mice following a heart attack, PIWI-interacting small RNA levels in human cancer, and more.