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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NPR reports on Human Cell Atlas Consortium's effort to catalog all the different cell types within the human body.

The Union of Concerned Scientists surveyed US government scientists about Trump Administration policies and more, Science reports.

National Geographic reports that marine mammals have lost a gene that could make them more susceptible to organophosphate damage.

In PNAS this week: history and genetic diversity of the scarlet macaw, approach for predicting human flu virus evolution, and more.