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Eight months after Missouri voted to change its constitution to protect stem cell research, the state government and other research centers have withdrawn funding, according to the Associated Press. While this appears to be a setback, amendment supporters say that progress is still moving forward, pointing to research projects at Washington University, the University of Missouri, and the Stowers Institute as proof.

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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.