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An analysis of more than 900 C. difficile isolates uncovered four phylogenetic lineages, including three lineages in a clade showing recent positive selection on infection-related genes.

In PLOS this week: alternatively spliced form of FBXO38 contributes to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, evolution of the avian influenza virus H9N2, and more.

By sequencing 10 Bronze, early Iron, and late Iron Age individuals, researchers retraced ancestry patterns at a Philistine port city in present-day Israel.

Researchers found a potential alternative toxin, as well as antibiotic resistance genes, in a newly-sequenced Vibrio cholerae strain from a British WWI soldier.

A team led by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco generated optical genome maps for 154 individuals from more than two dozen populations.

In PLOS this week: Madariaga virus linked to pediatric acute febrile illness cases in Haiti, tool to screen for viral infection in human cell lines, and more.

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A phylogenetic analysis finds that the rare hemimastigotes form their own supra-kingdom, CBC reports.

The genomic analysis also found that drug resistance mutations have appeared locally, suggesting that the issue can still be addressed region by region.

In Genome Research this week: novel nematode gene families, approach to characterize nuclear bodies and other large ribonucleoprotein complexes, and more.

In PNAS this week: influence of DNA architecture on genome editing, within-host HIV evolution, and more.

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Holden Thorp is to be the new editor-in-chief of Science and its related journals.

A genetic analysis of salmon scales collected over the course of a century points to a sharp decline in the number of fish returning each year to river in British Columbia, CBC reports.

Adelaide University has suspended the head of an ancient DNA lab as its investigation of workplace bullying continues, Australia's ABC News reports.

In PNAS this week: gene expression profiles of adipocyte subtypes, computational approach for improving plant expressome analysis, and more.