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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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Five researchers are to share this year's Albany Medical Center Prize for their work on the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing tool, the AP reports.

Stat News reports on how white supremacists cope with surprising genetic ancestry testing results.

In Genome Research this week: sex-biased gene expression evolution in malaria mosquitos, method to find ancient selective sweeps, and more.

Iceland has nearly eliminated Down syndrome from its population, CBS News reports.