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A new study published in Genome Research by a team at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai shows that disease-causing variants may be more common in African Americans because they conferred some benefit on their ancestors when they were first brought to the New World, reports The New York Times' Nicholas Wade.

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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.