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Robert Tjian has been named the new president of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, reports the New York Times. Tijan, a molecular biologist at UC Berkeley, will replace current president Thomas Cech on April 1, 2009. HHMI doles out grant funding to more than 350 scientists worth some $700 million annually, the article says.

 

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The Hill reports 17 states and the District of Columbia are suing over a new policy that would strip international students of their visas if they only attend classes online.

The editorial board of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says other lawmakers should take Florida's approach and provide additional protections against genetic discrimination.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention employees call on the agency to label racism a public health crisis and examine its own policies, NPR reports.

In PNAS this week: genetic evidence for Inca resettlement, analysis of spermatogonial stem cell transcriptomes, and more.