NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A study appearing online today in Nature suggests that convergent evolution at hundreds of sites across the genome has helped animals in at least three mammalian lineages acquire the ability to navigate with the help of sound.

Researchers from the UK, Denmark, and Italy started by doing whole-genome sequencing on four new bat species, including three representatives that are capable of echolocation and one that is not.

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Parabon NanoLabs is partnering with law enforcement to use genetic genealogy approaches to solve cold cases, Buzzfeed News reports.

A Columbia University-led team used emergency contact information from medical records to create family trees and estimate disease heritability.

In Science this week: ancient Southeast Asian genomes provide insight on human migration, and more.

NPR says a new report recommends that former research chimpanzees should be moved to retirement sanctuaries unless that move would shorten their lives.

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