CDC Takes Action

Minor and harmless mishaps at small labs are part of the fun of science and make good yarn-swapping for old science vets. But accidents that expose people to deadly pathogens are not so funny to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has temporarily shut down its anthrax and flu labs and halted shipments of all infectious agents out of its highest-security labs, the New York Times reports.

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Vivek Murthy is no longer the surgeon general of the US, the Associated Press reports.

Parents who learn of their increased genetic risk of disease also contend with telling their children about theirs, the New York Times writes.

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Mary Beckerle has been removed as director of the Huntsman Cancer Institute in what one researcher refers to as a "coup," ScienceInsider reports.