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According to this wire story, scientists in Norway homed in on epigenetic markers that indicate which stem cells are best suited for regenerating tissue. The catch? The work has been performed on liposuctioned stem cells. As the article points out, "Unlike other sources of adult stem cells, fat is abundant and there is no shortage of donors."

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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.