Ah, Practicality

The President's Council on Bioethics was asked to disband last week. The group had been formed by former President Bush in November 2001 and, according to the New York Times, "it was designed by the Bush administration to be 'a philosophically leaning advisory group' that favored discussion over developing a shared consensus," quoting White House press officer Reid Cherlin. President Obama will reconstitute the council with a focus on "practical policy options," Cherlin says.

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Researchers in the UK and Australia uncover genetic links between BMI and depression, the Guardian reports.

The Verge details the account of an academic who alleges her university retaliated against her after she complained of sexual harassment by her supervisor.

The New York Times writes that natural history museums are helping round out genetic studies with older specimens.

In PNAS this week: artemisinin resistance mutations in malaria parasites, ant-plant interactions over time, and more.