New NSF Pick

France Anne Córdova, an astrophysicist, has been tapped by US President Barack Obama to lead the National Science Foundation, the Chronicle of Higher Education reports. Córdova currently leads the Smithsonian Regents, which governs the Smithsonian Institute, a position she took on as she neared the mandatory retirement age at Purdue University where she served as president.

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Newsday reports that breast cancer genetic testing guidelines for are out of date and may miss individuals.

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Publication of He Jiankui's work on gene-edited infants would raise ethical concerns for journals, Wired and others report.