New York Times reports the death of Gunther Stent, a molecular biology pioneer and Berkeley scientist "whose research wrestled with and validated the breakthrough discovery of the structure of DNA." Stent, 84, succumbed to pneumonia. Jim Watson called Stent "a major intellectual" in the field.


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An opinion piece in the Guardian argues that President Donald Trump is uninterested in science and that might not be a bad thing for the field.

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