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It is a fundamental irony of science that a field created for and by people who dedicate their lives to eschewing opinion in favor of measurable, objective standards relies as a gauge of success almost entirely on a subjective system: peer review. Scientists' career milestones — from publishing that pivotal paper to winning that crucial grant — hinge on human opinion.

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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.

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