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Sourdough yeasts from a genomic perspective

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Current Biology has a fascinating paper by Frédéric Bigey and coworkers examining the genomic variation of bakery yeasts: “Evidence for Two Main Domesticatio...

Stone tool use-wear from capuchin monkeys

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Adrián Arroyo and coworkers have an upcoming paper in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports that describes their work quantifying use-wear on stone ...

The superspreader conference

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Maggie Fox of CNN reports on the downstream COVID-19 infections resulting from the Biogen conference last February: “Boston biotech conference led to 245,000...

Moving toward preprint reviews at eLife

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The journal eLife has adopted a new editorial policy expecting all submitted papers to be first posted to a preprint server like bioRxiv. The policy is annou...

Recognizing leprosy in wild chimpanzees

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A story in Science has been making the rounds on my feeds about a newly-recognized problem in chimpanzee populations: “Leprosy, ancient scourge of humans, fo...

Skills and PhD training

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A colleague directed my attention to the text of a recent lecture by Wendy Larner, the outgoing president of the Royal Society Te Apārangi of New Zealand: Pr...

People, not clusters

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Surveillance of people with infectious diseases is a public health measure, yet such surveillance can lead to serious injustice. In an editorial in the Amer...

Feral rheas

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Audubon magazine has a fascinating story by Sami Emory about how an area of Germany is being overrun by feral rheas: “Inside Germany’s Giant, Hungry, Flightl...

How mice became house mice

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A new paper from Thomas Cucchi and coworkers in Scientific Reports probes the early history of the house mouse: “Tracking the Near Eastern origins and Europe...

Twins from an adaptive point of view

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The biological anthropologist Rebecca Sear looks at the evolution of human twinning in a post for This View of Life: “Solving the Evolutionary Puzzle of Twin...