The researchers also reported that cholera strains infecting members of the same household were highly similar, suggesting in-household transmissions.
From infant skeletal remains going back hundreds of years, a team produced three Treponema pallidum genomes, representing both syphilis- and yaws-causing sub-species.
An analysis of 3,800-year-old Yersinia pestis isolates pushed the advent of flea-based plague transmission back to around 4,000 years ago, earlier than once proposed.
Researchers sequenced 61 Zika virus genomes isolated from patients in the region to reconstruct viral movements.
A phylogenetic analysis of green-blooded lizards find the trait likely arose more than once, Reuters reports.
Researchers sequenced an ancient DNA from an extinct giant ground sloth to find it is a sister group to one group of modern sloths.
Sequencing has helped clarify the baleen whale family tree, though the researchers tell the New York Times it's more of a phylogenetic network.
Two studies have found that analyzing the timing of horizontal gene transfer events can help date microbial phylogenies.
Using haplotype profiling, phylogenetics, and other analyses, researchers retraced sickle allele emergence to a single event occurring roughly 7,300 years ago.
Researchers report on a genetic analysis of ravens that indicates a species reversal event took place, according to the Guardian.
In a commentary at eLife, Brandeis University's Eve Marder calls on researchers to value and pursue truth.
Researchers have developed a way to quickly edit white blood cells, according to the New York Times.
In Science this week: rice gene enables plants to grow quickly in times of flooding, and more.
Education-linked genetic variants could also predict a small portion of a person's social mobility, Newsweek reports.