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President Obama could hardly have made himself more popular among scientists if he had repurposed the West Wing to launch a new genome center. Journalists and bloggers alike are praising not only Obama's decision to reverse restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, but also the pro-science sentiment that went with it.

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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.