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Word's out on who will lead the US Department of Energy -- home of the Joint Genome Institute -- in the Obama administration: physicist and Nobel laureate Steven Chu, according to this article in the New York Times. Chu is currently director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he has been an advocate for biofuel research, among other things.

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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.