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The National Science Foundation's biennial Science and Engineering Indicators report shows that US research is in a better place than was expected, says ScienceInsider's Jeffrey Mervis. The report says that the country's investment in research as a share of GDP reached a record high of 2.9 percent in 2009, showing a commitment to investing in science, Mervis 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.

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.