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DNA sequencing has the potential to help guide cancer therapies and stave off diseases like diabetes, writes Emma Keller at the Guardian. At the same time, she says, the data it produces could be abused. "As we clamor about the loss of our privacy in the age of the internet and NSA eavesdropping, it's worth considering another aspect of public record keeping," she 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.