Ready to dole out some of its taxpayer-funded $3 billion, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine is still looking to fill the president's position, according to this report in Wired. Seven months into the search, directors of the embryonic stem-cell research program have met privately to discuss boosting the salary range beyond its current cap of $412,500.

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A genomic analysis of modern and ancient maize reveals a complicated domestication history, according to Reuters.

In PLOS this week: MYRF variant linked to congenital diaphragmatic hernia, analysis of the "dragon's blood" red resin produced by traditional medicine plants, and more.

CNBC reports that half of academic researchers leave after about five years.

Researchers have used genetic analysis to confirm a new type of salamander, the New York Times reports.