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Harvard University's provost, Steven Hyman, is stepping down at the end of the academic year to return to research, reports The Boston Globe. Hyman is a trained neuroscientist and he plans to take a sabbatical year at the Broad Institute, which the Globe notes, was one of Hyman's efforts to spur interdisciplinary research. "I had intended to do this [job] for five years ...

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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.