On the Dole

California gave out nearly $45 million for stem cell research last Friday -- far exceeding the amount spent by the federal government. In this round of grant awards authorized by Prop 71, researchers at Stanford received a total of $8 million to fund their projects. More funds are to be doled out next month.

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Researchers have sequenced the northern white rhinoceros to gauge whether it could be brought back from the edge of extinction, the New York Times reports.

Bavaria expands its forensic genetic analyses to include DNA phenotyping, raising discrimination concerns.

Tufts University researchers found a role for miRNA in transmitting stress between generations, the Economist reports.

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