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Proponents of 3-D tissue engineering say there's very little point in growing tissue in a 2-D petri dish, because the human body isn't flat and that experimental platforms need to emulate the body's structure more closely, reports Technology Review's Christopher Mims. To that end, a Houston-based company called n3D Biosciences has developed a new technology that uses magnetism to float cells in a 3-D matrix, Mims 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.

Japan is to release rules governing some gene-edited food, according to NHK World.

Two researchers report on their genetic analysis of samples from a shawl thought to belong to a victim of Jack the Ripper, ScienceInsider reports.

In PLOS this week: computational strategy for improving gene set analysis testing, miRNAs linked to sleep apnea, and more.