phylogenetics SARS-CoV-2 Genomes Reveal Dynamics of England's Alpha, Delta Variant Surges Analyzing SARS-CoV-2 isolates circulating in England over 10 months up to June 2021, researchers saw a series of epidemics dominated by distinct viral lineages. Hepatitis B Virus Evolution Untangled Using Ancient DNA Using samples from more than 100 ancient individuals, investigators linked hepatitis B virus lineages to ancient hunter-gatherer groups in South America and Eurasia. Grammar Reflects Population Genetics in Northeast Asia, Study Finds A study spanning 14 populations and 11 language groups suggested that genetics and grammar track one another more closely than other cultural characteristics. Ancient Yersinia Pestis Shows No Link to Neolithic Population Decline A 5,000-year-old Y. pestis genome from a hunter-gatherer in present-day Latvia did not contain a virulence factor previously linked to plague transmission by flea vectors. Sequencing Study Uncovers MERS-Related Coronavirus in Swiss Bats Researchers used metagenomic DNA and RNA sequencing to identify viruses from dozens of viral families in bat samples collected across Switzerland. Jun 8, 2021 Genomic Study Highlights Summer Travel Role in SARS-CoV-2 Variant Spread in Europe Apr 14, 2021 Genomic, Epidemiological Analysis Traces SARS-CoV-2 P.1 Lineage Emergence in Brazil Dec 11, 2020 Phylogenetic Analysis Shows How Superspreader Events Fueled SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic Nov 24, 2020 Austrian SARS-CoV-2 Genomic Study Delivers Details for Superspreader Events Early in Pandemic Nov 12, 2020 Asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 Spread Common in Close Quarters, US Military Studies Suggest Oct 29, 2020 Dozens of Introduction Events Sparked SARS-CoV-2 Spread in Oregon, Sequence Data Suggests Premium Oct 8, 2020 Genomic Data Helps Explain Yaws Re-emergence, Antibiotic Resistance in Papua New Guinea Sep 24, 2020 Antibiotic Resistance Spread in Europe Informed by Bacterial Plasmid Sequencing Jun 11, 2020 Coronavirus Pathogenicity Clues Uncovered Using Machine-Learning Approach Apr 17, 2020 SARS-CoV-2 Genomic Epidemiology Suggests Reintroductions, Domestic Spread in China, US Apr 13, 2020 SARS-CoV-2 Genomes Let Researchers Retrace Viral Spread, Mitigation Effects Mar 27, 2020 SARS-CoV-2-Related Coronaviruses Found in Pangolins Feb 10, 2020 Coronavirus Genome Annotation Reveals Amino Acid Differences With Other SARS Viruses Oct 2, 2019 Plague Genomes Reveal How Pandemic Spread in 14th, 18th Centuries Sep 11, 2019 Strep A Sequences Point to Potential Scarlet Fever Culprit in the UK Aug 1, 2019 Evolution, History of Transmissible Dog Cancer Untangled With New Exome Sequences May 28, 2019 Group A Streptococcus Vaccine Target Candidates Identified From Global Genome Set May 24, 2019 Leptospira Genome Set Leads to New Species, Refined Classification Scheme May 3, 2019 Ancient Horse Genome Analysis Documents Domestication History, Diversity Dips Apr 30, 2019 Chickpea Traits, Domestication History Revealed through Global Sequencing Effort Load More Breaking News SUPER Psychosis Study Presented at ASHG Digs Into Relationships of Rare Variants, Phenotypes People in the News: New Appointments at Myriad Genetics, Becton Dickinson, Delfi Diagnostics, More In Brief This Week: Virginia Commonwealth University, Dovetail Genomics, Lucid Diagnostics, and More New Products Posted to GenomeWeb: Bio-Rad, PerkinElmer, Ares Genetics, Purigen Biosystems, More Genetron Health, Fosun Ink Commercialization Deal for Seq-MRD Test in China MultiMuTHER Team Tracks Expression, Metabolite Relationships in Aging TwinsUK Participants The Scan More Boosters for US Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes. From a Pig A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports. For Privacy's Sake Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws. Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.