Eugenie Scott, the founding CEO of the National Center for Science Education, will be leaving that post at the end of the year, ScienceInsider reports. NCSE defends the teaching of evolution and climate change in science classrooms in the US.

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In PLOS this week: locus linked to non-syndromic hearing loss, phylogenetic relationships of Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates, and more.

In a column at Nature, researcher Fyodor Kondrashov worries about the influence of politics on Russian science.

The term 'epigenetics' is being used by quacks to give them a veneer of science, writes Adam Rutherford at the Observer.

The NIH has issued a preliminary guidance for newborn dried blood spot research.