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Call for 'Bold' Era

Kelvin Droegemeier, the new director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, called for a "second bold era" of basic research during a speech at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting, Geekwire reports.

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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.