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US legislators have given President Barack Obama a pleasant dilemma to deal with, says ScienceInsider's Jeffrey Mervis. Some preliminary 2013 budget plans are calling for more money to some science programs than the president had requested, leaving the White House to decide whether the proposals are fiscally feasible.

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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.