By Monica Heger

Using a new method to remove deaminated cytosines and repair ancient DNA, researchers from the Max Planck Institute were able to sequence the nuclear genome of an ancient hominin found two years ago in the Denisova Cave in Siberia.

Svante Pääbo, who led the team, announced the preliminary results of the sequencing project at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's Biology of Genomes meeting earlier this month. The ancient human appears to represent a new hominin species, Pääbo said.

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Rare gene mutations are guiding the search for drugs to manage chronic pain without opioids, according to CNBC.

The new Francis Crick Institute building can get too noisy for some researchers to concentrate, according to the Guardian.

CBS News reports that there are still many vacancies at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, but that it's uncertain whether they will be filled.

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