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Crowdfunding is increasingly a legitimate way for researchers to get money for their work. Matt Salzberg — who found himself asking for crowdfunding two years ago to study rare quail in Mexico — founded PetriDish.org, a site dedicated to presenting budding science projects to a wide audience and getting funding for the researchers, says Veronique Greenwood at the 80beats blog.

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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.

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

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

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