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Anyone who has played the popular board game Monopoly is familiar with the feeling of drawing a certain "chance" card that reads: "Go directly to jail. Do not pass 'Go,' do not collect $200." Figuratively speaking, blogger Gears has taken a chance with his academic career, by going directly from his PhD defense to the tenure track — passing on postdoctoral training altogether.

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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.