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Ancient Rome was more than just gladiators and emperors. But as the Roman civilization was extremely stratified — about 1.5 percent of the population controlled the government, military, commerce, and religious institutions — what we do know of it is "skewed," says Ed Yong at CNN's Light Years blog.

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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.