Visiting the nation's top life-sciences cluster as part of a four-day, three-state West Coast trade trip, Massachusetts' top life-sci official last week joined the state's governor and other state leaders in rolling out a campaign to recruit bioscience and other tech businesses to the Bay State.

One pitch: Contrasting Massachusetts' $1 billion, 10-year life-sci initiative with California's general budget woes.

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Vivek Murthy is no longer the surgeon general of the US, the Associated Press reports.

People around the globe took to the streets to support science — some with signs.

Parents who learn of their increased genetic risk of disease also contend with telling their children about theirs, the New York Times writes.

In PLOS this week: loci linked to body mass index measurements, long non-coding RNA expression and urothelial carcinoma prognosis, and more.