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Keith Robison at Omics! Omics! points out a paper in PNAS in which Regeneron shows that a compound it developed called VEGF-Trap can be used to measure the amount of circulating VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor) in blood. VEGF is a signaling molecule that stimulates angiogenesis, and is therefore used to determine dosage for drugs used to treat cancer.

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Seven individuals have been named to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, ScienceInsider reports.

Retraction Watch reports that a series of tweets led to expression of concern for a PLOS Genetics paper, a move the paper's authors disagree with.

Researchers have sequenced pumas from North and South America to enable better identification of inbreeding, Cosmos magazine reports.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: ways to find cell death or proliferation signatures, Han Chinese population genome database, and more.