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Forget the Figgy Pudding

Sometimes science-related gifts are obvious, like the traditional chemistry set (like these, found on Amazon), but others are a bit more ingenious.

Etsy, the online source for all things quirky and vintage or handmade, offers up a few ideas. For the budding biologist, there is this very introductory cloth molecular genetics book as well as this onesie that that identifies the wearer as possessing an X and a Y chromosome. (Also available in XX.)

And for those looking to furnish or spruce up a home, these DNA-patterned pillows may fit the bill. But if not, there are art pieces that may do this trick like this mixed-media karyotype by Louise Philbrick or these DNA portraits from Louise Fellman.

For the fashionistas, there is this DNA-styled dress as well as these stockings with a helix pattern on the calf. Added to that are this DNA necklace or this graduated cylinder necklace as well as this mitosis scarf (HT: Graham Coop). In addition, James Hadfield from Cancer Research UK is auctioning off Ion Torrent cufflinks on eBay to raise money for his organization, so it's fashionable and for a good cause.

Finally, don't forget these stickers for the Drosophila-lovers on your list.

The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.