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The organizers of Science Debate 2008 have decided to hold the discussion on April 18 at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and have invited the four remaining presidential candidates, reports Wired blogs. Though folks pushing for the debate hope to hear the candidates delve into meaty issues -- climate change, energy research, stem cells, evolution -- veteran science journalist Andy Revkin is pessimistic.

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23andMe has a holiday popup shop at a mall and could open additional stores, Bloomberg reports.

By studying koalas and a retrovirus that infects them, researchers may have uncovered a new sort of 'immune response' that occurs at the genomic level, Agence France Presse reports.

NPR reports that the first person in the US given a gene editing-based therapy for a genetic disorder is heading home.

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