Nature News reports that Sam Gyimah is the new UK science and universities minister.

Gyimah, who Nature News says is a "rising star" in the Conservative Party, was previously at the Ministry of Justice and, prior to that, he was a minister for childcare at the Department for Education, it says.

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An opinion piece in the Guardian argues that President Donald Trump is uninterested in science and that might not be a bad thing for the field.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the Veterans Affairs Health System is studying whether genetic testing can help prescribe better depression therapies.

Stat News reports that Spark Therapeutics' Luxturna is now being used to treat a wider array of patients.

In Genome Biology this week: transcription factor use among brittle stars, single-cell RNA sequencing strategy, and more.