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Inspired by the financial problems at TruGenetics and DeCode, a guest post at Genetic Future from Genomics Law Report's Daniel Vorhaus and Lawrence Moore discusses what happens when a direct-to-consumer genomics company goes out of business. In particular, they take a look at the company's privacy and confidentiality policies.

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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.