Stephen Colbert is sending his DNA into space as part of video game designer Richard Garriott's Operation Immortality. Colbert's DNA will be digitized and archived on the International Space Station as an off-site backup of humanity -- who better to resurrect humankind  than Colbert, says Garriott in a statement.

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National Geographic reports that marine mammals have lost a gene that could make them more susceptible to organophosphate damage.

NPR reports on Human Cell Atlas Consortium's effort to catalog all the different cell types within the human body.

The Union of Concerned Scientists surveyed US government scientists about Trump Administration policies and more, Science reports.

In PNAS this week: history and genetic diversity of the scarlet macaw, approach for predicting human flu virus evolution, and more.