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Kevin Rudd, the prime minister of Australia, has announced a $250 million funding scheme for health and medical research, to bring research "from the lab to the patient," the Guardian reports. The plan, which is to be announced today, includes $125 million from the Labor government, if it wins the federal elections next month, and matching funds from industry.

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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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