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Elkan Blout, a Harvard biochemist who wore many hats in his professional life, died of pneumonia this week, reports the New York Times. Blout’s initial academic work in developing optical tools for studying protein chemistry led him to Polaroid’s research labs, where he refined the chemical process for instant snapshots.

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Researchers representing scientists and students of Chinese descent voice their concerns about recent US policies and rhetoric.

Wired reports that researchers have shown they could reprogram a DNA-based computer.

Researchers say increased diversity in genomic studies will benefit all, PBS NewsHour reports.

In Science this week: whole-genome sequencing of single sperm cells, and more.