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The UK's National Health Service needs to form some kind of committee to evaluate the potential of diagnostic tests in order to take full advantage of advances in genomic medicine, says the Times Online's Mark Henderson. Two science think tanks at the University of Cambridge warn that "the potential of genetic testing to deliver better treatments at lower cost will be delayed unless there is a system to establish the benefits," Henderson 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.

Japan is to release rules governing some gene-edited food, according to NHK World.

Two researchers report on their genetic analysis of samples from a shawl thought to belong to a victim of Jack the Ripper, ScienceInsider reports.

In PLOS this week: computational strategy for improving gene set analysis testing, miRNAs linked to sleep apnea, and more.