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For the pilot episode of its STEM education-focused special "It Ain't Rocket Science," Time Warner Cable's news channel NY1 spoke with Scientific American Editor-in-Chief Mariette DiChristina to learn more about the transmissible cancer that threatens to wipe out the shrinking Tasmanian devil population, devil facial tumor disease.

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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.