mitochondrial sequencing

Goat kid.

Researchers sequenced mitochondrial and/or nuclear genomes for dozens of wild and domestic ancient goats to explore domestication and selection patterns.

By sequencing a handful of individuals who lived in Morocco some 13,900 to 15,100 years ago, investigators found clues to past population mergers in North Africa.

Sequence data for ancient and modern individuals in Remote Oceania and beyond suggests early populations were replaced without corresponding language changes.

Salmon Diversity Lost

A genetic analysis in PLOS One finds that Chinook salmon living in the Columbia River have lost much of their genetic diversity.

University of Pennsylvania researchers sequenced single mitochondria, which they noted could be used to track the development of mitochondrial disease.

Mitochondrial and nuclear genome sequences from straight-tusked elephants indicated they were a sister lineage to African forest elephants.

Sarcophagus of Tadja, Abusir el-Meleq

The team uncovered ties to Near Eastern and Levant populations with mitochondrial genome sequences and genome-wide SNP profiles for up to 90 Egyptian mummies.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: selective constraint within aspen tree buds, bird phylogenetic diversity varies by latitude, and more.

An analysis of Aboriginal Australian samples stretching back to the 1920s suggests these populations may have been on the continent for up to 50,000 years.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: chromosomal insertion mechanisms, phylogeographic analysis of the Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever virus, and more.

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Researchers describe a way to share data while keeping it secure, Agence France Presse reports.

In Science this week: genetic mutations typically associated with esophageal cancer are common in older, healthy individuals, and more.

India's Council of Scientific and Industrial Research has a new director-general, according to ScienceInsider.

A new study links more than a hundred genes to autism spectrum disorder, Discover's D-brief blog reports.