A story in the New Scientist reports on the recent io9 mad scientist competition, which is part of a DIY biology movement that aims to help people without top-notch equipment and years of training to run experiments, especially in the area of synthetic biology.

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Hundreds of scientists have signed a letter criticizing the open-access Plan S, ScienceInsider reports.

NPR speaks with Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) about the US House of Representatives science committee.

A start-up company aiming to match cancer patients to treatments closes after about six weeks, Stat News reports.

In PLOS this week: somatic mutation associations unearthed in thousands of cancer exomes, pathogen detection assay, and more.