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Allie Wilkinson's new blog, This Is What a Scientist Looks Like, asks readers to "change the perception of who and what a scientist is or isn't" through personal photo and story submissions. "There is no single clear-cut path to becoming a scientist. A scientist can come from any background," Wilkinson says.

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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.