Mother knows best, or at least in this particular case. When Paula Hempen was ready to leave her fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, she wanted to head back to St. Louis, where she was raised. Her mom clipped out an ad from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and, as Hempen recalls, “[she] said, ‘This might be something you can do.’” So 12 years after leaving her hometown, Hempen found herself returning to what is now dubbed the “BioBelt” as CSO of GenoMed.

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The US National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration have proposed changing gene therapy oversight, the Associated Press reports.

Nature News reports that the Salk Institute has asked for the scope of a gender discrimination lawsuit brought against it to be narrowed.

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