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NIH Director Francis Collins got ahead of himself this week when he sent his staff a memo announcing the official creation of the National Center for Advancing Translational Science, reports ScienceInsider's Jocelyn Kaiser. As it turns out, however, Collins had to retract the email an hour after sending it when he was told that President Barack Obama hadn't yet signed off on the bill.

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NPR reports that researchers have developed chimeric embryos as part of work toward growing human organs in animals for organ transplants.

According to the Washington Post, the Biden Administration is set to make changes to federal restrictions on fetal tissue research.

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