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YoungFemaleScientist muses over superficial qualities versus work ethic and commitment in the lab. She looks back over students she had worked with, saying that she found that ones who came recommended often had good grades, “but they usually lacked work ethic, did not respect me, and were unable to handle basic arithmetic” and the people who came without “fanfare,” they “generally they were smarter, more respectful, showed up on time, and worked harder.”

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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.