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With Elmo and Sally Ride, It's Sure to Work

Through a campaign called Educate to Innovate — which is recruiting Sesame Street characters, video game programmers, and scientists — the Obama administration hopes to improve science and math education for children, the New York Times reports. As part of the program, Discovery's Science Channel will have two hours of commercial-free programming for middle school students during the afternoon; the MacArthur Foundation and other organizations will award prizes for video games that teach science and math; and the White House has recruited Sally Ride, the former astronaut, Craig Barrett, the former Intel chairman, and Ursula Burns, the chief executive of Xerox, to make the case for funding science and math education to corporations and philanthropies. "The need is funding," Ride says. "There is a lot of corporate interest and foundation interest in this issue." There will also be a National Lab Day held during the first week of May.

The Scan

Ancient Greek Army Ancestry Highlights Mercenary Role in Historical Migrations

By profiling genomic patterns in 5th century samples from in and around Himera, researchers saw diverse ancestry in Greek army representatives in the region, as they report in PNAS.

Estonian Biobank Team Digs into Results Return Strategies, Experiences

Researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics outline a procedure developed for individual return of results for the population biobank, along with participant experiences conveyed in survey data.

Rare Recessive Disease Insights Found in Individual Genomes

Researchers predict in Genome Medicine cross-population deletions and autosomal recessive disease impacts by analyzing recurrent nonallelic homologous recombination-related deletions.

Genetic Tests Lead to Potential Prognostic Variants in Dutch Children With Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Researchers in Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine found that the presence of pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants was linked to increased risk of death and poorer outcomes in children with pediatric dilated cardiomyopathy.