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Arden Bement to Leave NSF

The National Science Foundation Director Arden Bement will be leaving the agency to lead Purdue University's new Global Policy Research Institute, reports ScienceInsider. Bement was appointed director of NSF in November 2004 by President George W. Bush and during his tenure saw the budget get on track to be doubled as well as oversaw new initiatives, adds an NSF press release. Bement will take the helm of the Purdue institute beginning in June.

The Scan

Transcriptomic, Epigenetic Study Appears to Explain Anti-Viral Effects of TB Vaccine

Researchers report in Science Advances on an interferon signature and long-term shifts in monocyte cell DNA methylation in Bacille Calmette-Guérin-vaccinated infant samples.

DNA Storage Method Taps Into Gene Editing Technology

With a dual-plasmid system informed by gene editing, researchers re-wrote DNA sequences in E. coli to store Charles Dickens prose over hundreds of generations, as they recount in Science Advances.

Researchers Model Microbiome Dynamics in Effort to Understand Chronic Human Conditions

Investigators demonstrate in PLOS Computational Biology a computational method for following microbiome dynamics in the absence of longitudinally collected samples.

New Study Highlights Role of Genetics in ADHD

Researchers report in Nature Genetics on differences in genetic architecture between ADHD affecting children versus ADHD that persists into adulthood or is diagnosed in adults.