Writing in PLoS Biology this week, Gerald Joyce at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., says that because "all known examples of life belong to the same biology," the increasing enthusiasm among researchers regarding alternative life forms ought to be kept in check.

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Science speaks with the University of Michigan's Jedidiah Carlson, who has tracked population genetic discussions at white nationalist sites.

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