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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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A fire at a Manchester hospital may have destroyed lab equipment and data, the Guardian reports.

Researchers generate a genetic database from skeletal remains from the 1845 Franklin Expedition to the Arctic, Live Science reports.

Researchers in China have begun another trial using CRISPR/Cas9 approaches in cancer patients, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In Science this week: human DNA found in sediments from archeological sites lacking bones, and more.