Justifying Science

The science community and the Obama Administration are "expressing serious alarm" about a bill being advanced by Republicans in the House of Representatives that would place new restrictions on research funded by the National Science Foundation, the Huffington Post reports.

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A phylogenetic analysis indicates two venomous Australian spiders are more closely related than thought, the International Business Times reports.

Technology Review reports that 2017 was the year of consumer genetic testing and that it could spur new analysis companies.

In Science this week: CRISPR-based approach for recording cellular events, and more.

A new company says it will analyze customers' genes to find them a suitable date, though Smithsonian magazine says the science behind it might be shaky.