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Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) could be the next chair of the US House of Representatives committee on science, space, and technology, NPR reports. If so, it adds, that she would be both the first African-American chair of the committee and the first with a science background.

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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.