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NEW YORK – Researchers have uncovered Denisovan-origin ancestry within the genomes of early East Asian individuals. 

In 2006, miners in the Salkhit Valley in eastern Mongolia uncovered a skullcap initially dubbed Mongolanthropus that was then thought to belong to a Neanderthal or Homo erectus. However, radiocarbon dating and mitochondrial DNA analysis suggested the about 34,000-year-old skull bone came from a modern human.

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A Harvard-led team reprogrammed DNA methylation patterns of mice with eye problems to restore their sight, AFP reports.

A man in India is suing the Serum Institute of India, saying that he suffered serious side effects from a vaccine it is testing, but the institute has rejected those claims, the Economic Times reports.

The New York Times reports Moderna is planning a clinical trial of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in children.

In Nature this week: Readfish tool for targeted nanopore sequencing, genomic diversity of barley and wheat, and more.

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