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Elias Zerhouni stepped down from his position as director of NIH at the end of last month. Raynard Kington, deputy director of NIH, will likely serve as acting director until a new administration names Zerhouni's successor. Zerhouni was appointed to NIH by US President George W. Bush in 2002.

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Researchers in China have generated mouse pups from same-sex parents, according to Scientific American.

The South China Morning Post reports that Hong Kong plans to add HK$20 billion (US$2.6 billion) to a research endowment.

Two research teams find a role for PIEZO2 in touch sensitivity after injury and inflammation.

In Science this week: open genetic genealogy databases can lead to the identification of individuals who have not sought testing, and more.