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NEW YORK, May 4 – Large Scale Biology and Illumina both adopted stockholder rights plans Friday, in a preemptive effort to head off hostile takeover attempts, the companies said.

The actions follow similar moves by several other companies in the last several weeks, and are “usually a clue that things are getting too cheap in the markets,” said Franklin Berger, an analyst with JP Morgan H&Q in New York.

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Researchers trace DNA on a clay pipe found at a former slave site to a population that lives in what is now Sierra Leone, the Washington Post reports.

Two researchers report on their genetic analysis of samples from a shawl thought to belong to a victim of Jack the Ripper, ScienceInsider reports.

Japan is to release rules governing some gene-edited food, according to NHK World.

In PLOS this week: computational strategy for improving gene set analysis testing, miRNAs linked to sleep apnea, and more.