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A Swig of Bacteria

A number of companies are working toward using genetically modified bacteria to treat disease, NPR reports.

"This is a really exciting new modality that allows us to think about therapies in a new way and really look at diseases in a whole new way: A living medicine that can respond to its environment," Caroline Kurtz, a researcher at Synlogic, tells NPR.

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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.