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Adding an international twist to the year's biggest patent story, Myriad has surrendered its BRCA patents in Australia, reports Genomics Law Report's Dan Vorhaus and John Conley. Several months ago, a group of plaintiffs in Australia filed a lawsuit against Myriad similar to the one filed in the US, arguing that the patents are invalid because genes can't be patented.

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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.