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The state of scientific research in China is a favorite topic of conversation in the scientific community, especially as the number of publications from China has been increasing, says In the Pipeline's Derek Lowe. But on closer inspection, many of these papers "are junk," he adds, and are published in journals that have no impact whatsoever.

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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.