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If a population's genetic diversity is any indication — hint: it is — the giant panda faces less of an extinction threat than humans of European descent do. However, genetic diversity isn't the only force behind extinctions, nor is it often the driving one. A species' habitat and population size also play large roles in extinction events, and climate change and disease have also shown to be powerful drivers of such events.

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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.