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Harvard recently passed a measure that would have all academic papers published freely online immediately, reports the New York Times. Researchers could then publish their work in whatever journal they choose. At The Tree of Life, Jonathan Eisen thinks it's a great step forward and other universities (including his own UC Davis) should follow suit.

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The Guardian reports that the Mammalian Genetics Unit at the Harwell Institute is to close.

Scientific research itself contributes to plastic waste and isn't very sustainable, FiveThirtyEight reports.

Restaurants in the US may soon serve AquaBounty's genetically modified salmon, according to the Associated Press.

In Science this week: three studies from the Ruminant Genome Project, and more.