'Now is the Time'

John Holdren, director of the Obama administration's Office of Science and Technology Policy, recently testified in front of Congress on the science budget, says The Intersection's Chris Mooney. Holdren told Congress that while the Obama administration is committed to reducing the budget and the deficit, it is also dedicated to "prim[ing] the pump of discovery and innovation" by proposing increased investments in research and STEM education.

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The UK's Human Fertility and Embryology Authority calls for consumer genetic testing companies to warn customers that testing could uncover family secrets, according to the Guardian.

The New York Times reports that United Nations delegates have been discussing how to govern the genetic resources of the deep sea.

Researchers have transplanted edited cells into mice that appear to combat cocaine addiction, New Scientist reports.

In PNAS this week: analysis of proteolytic enzymes secreted by circulating tumor cells, phylogenetic study of Fv1 evolution, and more.