One of the last sessions on the opening day of the annual Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities meeting in Portland, Ore., this week prompted Barry Merriman, a researcher in the Department of Human Genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles, to speculate, with a smile, that “maybe a fist-fight will break out.”

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The partially reinstated US travel ban leaves space for uncertainty for researchers, Nature News says.

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