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The 'Artist'

University of Pennsylvania chemist William DeGrado is an "artist" when it comes to creating new proteins, says Robert Langreth at Forbes' Treatments blog. His goal is to create new molecules not found in nature that can serve humanity by absorbing environmental toxins and fighting cancer, among other things, Langreth says.

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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.