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Tom Daschle, the former senator from South Dakota, is President-elect Obama's choice to head up the health and human services department. There, according to the New York Times, he will bring a "kind of moral passion to the campaign for universal coverage. Health care, he says, is rationed on 'the worst possible criteria: one's ability to pay or one's health condition.'"

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Seven individuals have been named to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, ScienceInsider reports.

Retraction Watch reports that a series of tweets led to expression of concern for a PLOS Genetics paper, a move the paper's authors disagree with.

Researchers have sequenced pumas from North and South America to enable better identification of inbreeding, Cosmos magazine reports.

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