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Yesterday, according to the White House's website, President Bush announced that Francis Collins is one of eight people to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The award honors anyone who has made a serious contribution to the security of the nation, world peace, or another significant cultural endeavor. “Francis S. Collins has revolutionized genetic research.

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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.