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On The Daily Show the other night, John Oliver says that President Obama's science-oriented approach ends "the war on science -- the one war we were actually winning." Oliver also channels former President George W. Bush, adding that "science with its rational methodology and fact-based process undermines the American way of life."

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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.