Odd-sounding or laughter-inducing research projects are commonly pushed into the spotlight as examples of wasteful government spending. (Remember comments in 2008 about fruit fly research or the shrimp-on-a-treadmill brouhaha from 2011?) Critics argue that such studies have no practical applications and shouldn't be recipients of governmental largesse.

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American scientists find themselves once again warning the Trump administration not to dismiss science, the New Yorker report.

A new study suggests CRISPR could be used to save coral reefs from dying off, Forbes reports.

Researchers have found that the i-motif shape of DNA previously observed in the lab also exists in human cells, and that it may serve a purpose.

In PNAS this week: a genomic, transcriptomic, and metabolomic analysis of the tea plant, Arabidopsis thaliana's adaptations to specific local environments, and more.