In the Pipeline's Derek Lowe says there are several reasons why the credibility of the scientific literature has been called into question lately, and it has to do with factors both in and out of the research community. In the US, the left/right political divide is a problem that's getting bigger, with cultural and policy disagreements often getting entangled with scientific issues like evolution and climate change.

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The New York Times and ProPublica look into the close relationship between a startup and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Yahoo News reports millions of dollars are being transferred from NIH, CDC, and other programs to pay for the housing of detained undocumented immigrant children.

In Science this week: in vitro generation of human reproductive cells, and more.

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