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Benchfly's Alan Marnett wants to know who your favorite scientists are. The current state of chemical and biological research is directly related to all the work done by the researchers who have come and gone, he says. Of the 20 researchers that Marnett considers "the proverbial giants upon whose shoulders we now stand," he wants to know which ones modern researchers like the most — "a good old-fashioned popularity contest," he calls it.

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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.

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