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Russian researchers are protesting an effort by the Kremlin to "lure" foreign researchers to Russian research institutions, says the Chronicle of Higher Education's Anna Nemtsova. Instead of spending $390 million to attract other scientists, the government should be using that money to give Russian scientists a raise, the researchers say.

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Chinese state news agency Xinhua reports that a preliminary investigation has found He Jiankui performed his gene-editing work illegally.

John Mendelsohn, a former president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, has died, the New York Times reports.

Identical twins receive different estimates of ancestry from the same direct-to-consumer genetic testing firms, CBC reports.

In PNAS this week: chromosomal features of maize, adaptations in the vinous-throated parrotbill, and more.