Examining Issues

Leading the new presidential bioethics panel will be the University of Pennsylvania's Amy Gutmann and the vice-chair of the committee will be Emory University's James Wagner. The panel will have 13 members who will study "intellectual property issues, the application of neuro- and robotic sciences, ... conflicts of interest in scientific research, and the intersection of science and human rights," according to ScienceInsider.

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A new study finds that a placental protein linked with preeclampsia can be targeted by RNA silencing, according to the New Scientist.

A settlement is expected in a Duke University lawsuit hinging on using falsified data to win grants, Retraction Watch and Science report.

In PNAS this week: approach for analyzing the expression of endogenous retroviruses, circular RNAs that influence host-virus interactions, and more.

A phylogenetic analysis finds that the rare hemimastigotes form their own supra-kingdom, CBC reports.