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With the ongoing budget crisis in California, the chancellor's office is debating whether to revisit the contract with faculty, as the state may not be able to pay for the promised raises. Janet Stemwedel discusses a few reasons why it's difficult for university faculty members to take part in a strike. For starters, she says, teaching is a "caring profession" and that profs do take an interest in their students.

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The Guardian reports that the Mammalian Genetics Unit at the Harwell Institute is to close.

Scientific research itself contributes to plastic waste and isn't very sustainable, FiveThirtyEight reports.

Restaurants in the US may soon serve AquaBounty's genetically modified salmon, according to the Associated Press.

In Science this week: three studies from the Ruminant Genome Project, and more.