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Over the weekend, President-elect Obama announced that Harold Varmus and Eric Lander would chair the Presidential Council of Advisers on Science and Technology. In addition to being a winner of the 1989 Nobel Prize in medicine and NIH director from 1993 until 2000, Varmus supports open-access and a "global science corps." According to SciAm, he and Lander have both supported increased funding for the sciences.

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Seven individuals have been named to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, ScienceInsider reports.

Retraction Watch reports that a series of tweets led to expression of concern for a PLOS Genetics paper, a move the paper's authors disagree with.

Researchers have sequenced pumas from North and South America to enable better identification of inbreeding, Cosmos magazine reports.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: ways to find cell death or proliferation signatures, Han Chinese population genome database, and more.