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At the White House Science Fair, US President Barack Obama not only admired the projects students presented, but also encouraged more women to enter science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields, the New York Times reports.

"Half our team we're not even putting on the field," Obama said at the event. "We've got to change those numbers."

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In Nucleic Acids Research this week: ProTraits includes genetic, phenotypic data on bacteria, archaea; Candida albicans assembly 22; and more.

The Wall Street Journal reports that researchers are looking beyond Cas9 for CRISPR editing.

Familial DNA searches in criminal cases are winning over some critics, the Los Angeles Times reports.

In PNAS this week: miR-515 levels higher in women with preeclampsia, horizontal gene transfer in parasitic plants, and more.