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Link: The archaeology of Yellowstone

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Smithsonian magazine has a feature article by Richard Grant describing the archaeology of Yellowstone National Park: “The Lost History of Yellowstone”. The s...

Link: Science behind the mRNA vaccines

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A lot of people are reading the Wired story about the background of the messenger RNA (mRNA) science that underlies the new COVID-19 vaccines: “How mRNA went...

Fitness in hybrid baboons

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It’s rare to have good data on fitness of individuals in wild populations of animals. It’s even more rare to have data on fitness of hybrid individuals in na...

Link: Remembrance of Bryan Sykes

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The British geneticist Bryan Sykes has died, and The Guardian has an obituary from Georgina Ferry: “Bryan Sykes obituary”.

Link: Interview with Annalisa Heppner

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Secrets of the Dead on PBS is a series that shows some strong documentaries from a range of sources, mostly about archaeology or history. The site has a blog...

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...