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In the New York Times, Andrew Pollack has a story on the long road ahead now that researchers have figured out how to make embryonic-looking stem cells out of adult cells. "Scientists still face the challenge of taking that abundant raw material and turning it into useful medical treatments, like replacement tissue for damaged hearts and brains," he writes.

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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.