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In a paper published online in advance in Nature this week, an international team led by investigators at Umeå University in Sweden describes a "novel pathway of small guide RNA maturation and the first example of a host factor — RNase III — required for bacterial RNA-mediated immunity against invaders." Using RNA-seq on Streptococcus pyrogenes, the team identified a "trans-encoded small RNA with 24-nucleotide complementarity to the repeat regions of crRNA precursor

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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.