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Thomas Mailund points out an interview with Svante Pääbo at the Edge. There, in a video, Pääbo discusses his work analyzing the Neandertal genome. He says that in his team's papers there is "absolute proof that [Neandertals] didn't contribute mitochondrial DNA" to the human genome, though they are still investigating whether they made contributions to other stretches.

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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.