Volume 563 Issue 7733



News Features

News & Views

A spotlight on bacterial mutations for 75 years p.633

In the debate about how bacterial mutations arise, an experiment in 1943 showed that they can occur spontaneously and independently of a selection pressure. This study also popularized the use of maths-driven analysis of biological data.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-07521-8

The not-so-dangerous lives of Neanderthals p.634

Have Neanderthals gained an unfair reputation for having led highly violent lives? A comparison of skulls of Neanderthals and prehistoric humans in Eurasia reveals no evidence of higher levels of trauma in these hominins.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-07343-8

A bacterium’s enemy isn’t your friend p.637

The bacterium Staphylococcus aureus is a leading cause of hard-to-treat human infections. It now seems that, if the bacterium is infected by a virus, a viral enzyme helps the microbe to evade detection by the immune system.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-07414-w