This week, The New York Times' Dennis Overbye examines the work of researchers who are "trying to construct Life As We Don't Know It in a thimbleful of liquid," particularly that of Gerald Joyce at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif. In this Times video, Overbye discusses Joyce's RNA-focused approach:

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The New York Times and ProPublica look into the close relationship between a startup and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Yahoo News reports millions of dollars are being transferred from NIH, CDC, and other programs to pay for the housing of detained undocumented immigrant children.

In Science this week: in vitro generation of human reproductive cells, and more.

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