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The science portion of the National Assessment of Educational Progress exam given to US students in 2009 included interactive tasks to determine how well students could design, analyze, and amend experiments — results from that test show that US students have difficulties with reasoning and explaining research results, reports ScienceInsider.

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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.