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The National Institutes of Health is asking for public comments on a new policy that would require grantees to publish the results of their studies in its public access forum. Comments regarding implementation of the Public Access Policy are open through May 31 at the NIH website.

HHMI announced that Thomas Cech, its president since 2000, will give up his post in the spring of 2009. Cech has been on faculty at the University of Colorado since 1978 and was named an HHMI investigator in 1988.

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Berkeley researchers have engineered yeast to make the molecule behind the hoppy taste of beer, Quartz reports.

King's College London researchers examine the influence of school type and genetics on academic achievement.

FiveThirtyEight writes that most who take a direct-to-consumer BRCA1/2 genetic test won't learn much from it.

In Science this week: early life experience influence somatic variation in the genome, and more.