Does the crowdfunding model offer researchers a new way to cobble together enough funding to fuel their scientific efforts, Pieter Droppert asks in XConomy.

Droppert, a management consultant and editor of the Biotech Strategy Blog, takes a look at one company, called Microryza, which uses a Kickstarter-like model to help investigators hit up the public for the cash to fuel specific projects.

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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.